I know I try to keep things on my blog firmly within the Hanoverian time period (1714-1837, or 1901 if we’re including Victoria, who was still of the line). However, I couldn’t resist telling you about Anita Seymour’s new novel, Royalist Rebel, out this month. Some of you may remember, from my post A Rush of Luck ,that meeting Anita at HNS 2012 and her kind invitation to dinner ultimately led to me signing with my agent Kate Nash. If Anita’s wonderful writing wasn’t enough, this is another reason to love her!
Royalist Rebel tells the inspiring story of Elizabeth Murray and her fight to hold her own during the English Civil War. I do hope you’ll want to find out more about her – I certainly do!
Royalist Rebel by Anita Seymour
Intelligent, witty and beautiful, Elizabeth Murray wasn’t born noble; her family’s fortunes came from her Scottish father’s boyhood friendship with King Charles. As the heir to Ham House, their mansion on the Thames near Richmond, Elizabeth was always destined for greater things.
Royalist Rebel is the story of Elizabeth’s youth during the English Civil War, of a determined and passionate young woman dedicated to Ham House, the Royalist cause and the three men in her life; her father William Murray, son of a minister who rose to become King Charles’ friend and confidant, the rich baronet Lionel Tollemache, her husband of twenty years who adored her and John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, Charles II’s favourite.
With William Murray at King Charles’ exiled court in Oxford, the five Murray women have to cope alone. Crippled by fines for their Royalist sympathies, and besieged by the Surrey Sequestration Committee, Elizabeth must find a wealthy, non-political husband to save herself, her sisters, and their inheritance.
Royalist Rebel by Claymore Books, an imprint of Pen and Sword, is released on 17th January 2013
For a little background on the novel, see Anita’s Book Blog
The National Trust Website of Elizabeth Murray’s former home, Ham House, at Petersham near Richmond, Surrey