After talking online for a bit, we managed to touch base briefly at the Historical Novel Society conference where she told me about her latest book. Now re-named as Anita Seymour, her historical biography about Elizabeth Murray was taken up by Pen and Sword Press. Seymour is a grand historical name!
Those of you who enjoyed my book The Lady's Slipper might want to discover more about the English Civil war through Anita's book. My copy should be dropping through the door any day soon. The story of how a painting inspired Royalist Rebel can be found on my other blog, Royalty Free Fiction
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, was 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