London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2003, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: The savage rivalry of the daughters of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I, echoes that of their mothers, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Both princesses have sworn to fight by any available means to win the crown and the hearts of the people, and to command the future of the kingdom of England.
Into this court seething with intrigue comes a young girl, a holy fool. Hannah, a hidden Jew on the run from the Inquisition, is herself no stranger to evasion and secrecy. She knows only too well that the world is a treacherous place. Entangled in the schemes of handsome traitor Robert Dudley, Hannah is sent to spy on Princess Mary and discovers a woman of deep principle, driven by a fatal desire to turn her people back to the true faith. Meanwhile, the unscrupulous Elizabeth is waiting to take advantage of any mistake her sister makes.
Caught between the sisters, between her infatuation for Dudley and her duty to her family, her need to explore her own gifts and her fear of the unknown, Hannah must find her own way through a world of terrifying risks. From the Tower of London to the siege of Calais, she is witness and player in these tumultuous times, a time when religion is a death sentence, when science and magic are one, and when love is the greatest danger of all.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
490 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.