‘A delicious frisson of danger slithers through every page of the book. Enthralling.’ Karen Maitland
‘A delicate and detailed portrayal, absolutely beautifully done. Captivating.’ Suzannah Dunn
‘Rich, vivid and immersive, an enthralling story of the turbulent Tudor era.’ Nicola Cornick
MISTRESS CROMWELL presents the rise of Tudor England’s most powerful courtier, Thomas Cromwell, through the eyes of the woman behind him . . .
When beautiful cloth merchant’s daughter Elizabeth Williams is widowed at the age of twenty-two, she is determined to make a success of the business she inherited from her father. But there are those who oppose a woman making her own way in the world, and soon Elizabeth realises she may have some powerful enemies – enemies who know the dark truth about her dead husband.
Happiness arrives when Elizabeth meets ambitious young lawyer, Thomas Cromwell. Their marriage begins in mutual love and respect – but it isn’t always easy being the wife of an independent, headstrong man in Henry VIII’s London. The city is both merciless and filled with temptation, and Elizabeth soon realises she must take care in the life she has chosen . . . or risk losing everything.
MISTRESS CROMWELL was previously published as THE WOMAN IN THE SHADOWS.