London, 1513. Ruthless people. Strange delights. A woman making her own way in the world . . .
"One of my favourite Tudor set books . . . A wonderfully vivid read." Nicola Cornick
Young widow Elizabeth Williams is determined to make a success of the business she inherited from her merchant father. But an independent woman draws the wrong kind of attention, and Elizabeth soon realises she has enemies - enemies who know the dark truth about her dead husband.
Happiness arrives when Elizabeth meets rapidly rising lawyer, Thomas Cromwell. Their marriage begins in mutual love and respect - but it isn't easy being the wife of an ambitious courtier 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.
Acclaim for Mistress Cromwell:
'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
Based in England, Carol McGrath writes Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction. She studied History at Queens University Belfast, has an MA in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast and an English MPhil from Royal Holloway, University of London. The Handfasted Wife, first in a trilogy about the royal women of 1066 was shortlisted for the RoNAS in 2014. The Swan-Daughter and The Betrothed Sister complete this highly acclaimed trilogy. Mistress Cromwell, a best-selling historical novel about Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Henry VIII's statesman, Thomas Cromwell, is republished by Headline. The Silken Rose, first in the "She-Wolves" Trilogy, featuring Ailenor of Provence, was published in July 2020 as a paperback by Headline Accent. Tudor Sex & Sexuality will be published in 2022. Carol speaks at events and conferences. She was the co-ordinator of the Historical Novels' Society Conference, Oxford in September 2016 and is an avid reader and reviewer, in particular, for the Historical Novel Society. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and Historical Writers Association. Carol lives in Oxfordshire with her husband. Her website is: www.carolcmcgrath.co.uk.