‘There is much to enjoy in this evocation of a family whose lives are so upended by the convulsions of history.’ Antonia Senior, The Times London, 1657
The youngest daughter of Oliver Cromwell, eighteen-year-old Frances is finding her place at England’s new centre of power.
Following the turmoil of Civil War, a fragile sense of stability has returned to the country. Her father has risen to the unprecedented position of Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, and Frances has found herself transported from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall, where she dreams of a love match that must surely be found at court.
But after an assassination attempt on the Cromwell family, Frances realises the precarious danger of her position – and when her father is officially offered the crown, Frances’s fate suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance.
Will she become a political pawn, or can Frances use her new status to seize control and further her own ambitions? ‘This engaging novel brings one of the most momentous but least well known periods of English history vividly to life.’ Carolyn Kirby, author of THE CONVICTION OF CORA BURNS ‘Miranda Malins has offered us a thrilling debut novel, packed with expert scene-setting and juicy details, bringing to life her characters with aplomb and as a result allowing readers to revel in 17th century England’s epicentre of power.’ Prof Michael Scott, University of Warwick