Pen and Sword Books: Royalist Rebel by Anita Seymour

Royalist Rebel
Royalist Rebel (5 reviews)
by Anita Seymour
Imprint: Pen & Sword Fiction
Found in: Historical Fiction
272 pages
ISBN: 9781781590683
Published: 28 January 2013
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ROYALIST REBEL is the story of Elizabeth Murray, later Countess Dysart, during the English Civil War; a passionate, determined 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 friend and confidant to King Charles I, the wealthy baronet Lionel Tollemache, her husband of twenty years and John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale, a favourite of Charles II.

With her father in Oxford at the exiled court of King Charles I, 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 rich, apolitical husband to save herself, her sisters, and their inheritance.

Intelligent, witty and beautiful, Elizabeth wasn’t born noble; her family’s fortunes came from her Scottish father’s boyhood friendship with King Charles, but as the heir to Ham House she was always destined for greater things.

This novel is certain to delight readers who enjoy stories rich in historical detail, charged with the drama of a young woman's choice between duty and love.
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Anita Seymour excels at setting. In the best way, very few poetic phrases call attention to themselves.
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A well-drawn picture of the Royalists' struggle to exist and serve the king under parlimentary rule. Seymour is excellent on the stress and the depredations as normal life disintegrates. Highly recommended for Civil War buffs.
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Royalist Rebel is a biographical novel about the tumultuous life of Elizabeth Murray, the Countess of Dysart, and later, the Duchess of Lauderdale. Born into a noble family and staunchly loyal to King Charles, their... [read full review]
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I don’t read many books based on real-life historical characters, and was pleasantly surprised at how ROYALIST REBEL kept me turning the pages eagerly until the very last sentence. Anita Seymour makes an excellent job... [read full review]
Maggi Andersen - writer of historical romance and romantic suspense.
Royalist Rebel brings to vivid life the perilous days of the English Civil Wars, when the families who had been the most loyal to the crown had the most to fear. Elizabeth Dysart is an... [read full review]
Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet, The King’s Mistress (U.S. title The September Queen) and Venus in Winter.
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About Anita Seymour
Anita was born in London, a city with a strong sense of times past, which she connected with at an early age. Her work within the genre of Historical Fiction is borne out of that enthusiasm.

Anita is the author of four previously published works, ‘Duking Days Rebellion’ (2007) and ‘Duking Days Revolution’ (2008) and two Victorian Romances, ‘Trencarrow Secret’ and ‘Culloden Spirit’ (2011).