The Lady of Misrule
They are united though by their disdain for the seventeen-year-old to whom Jane has recently been married off: petulant, noisily-aggrieved Guildford Dudley, held prisoner in a neighbouring tower and keen to pursue his perogative of a daily walk with his wife.
As Jane's captivity extends into the increasingly turbulent last months of 1553, the two girls learn to live with each other, but Elizabeth finds herself drawn into the difficult relationship between the newlyweds. And when, at the turn of the year, events take an unexpected and dangerous direction, her newfound loyalties are put to the test.
Poignant and beautifully written.
What Dunn loses by forgoing sham authenticity, she gains in the fizz and wit of Elizabeth’s voice.
Even knowing how it ends (in tears) doesn't spoil the tension of this superb piece of historical fiction.
A wonderful novel, a skilful and moving reimagining of history.