Melanie Fraser

About me

I was born in Pinner, England & brought up on Jersey, near France. I have a Master’s degree in Medieval & Tudor Studies as well as holding a BA in art history.

It is through the lives of artists & their work that provides inspiration for my novels. Nicholas Hilliard is such a character.

The Truth of the Line is about Hilliard & his relationship with Elizabeth I & her Court. A novel is the perfect way of exploring the symbolism in his portraits of Elizabeth whilst weaving his life story with events of the time. From original documents & images I explore his association with two Queens, his relationship with influential Tudor Courtiers and the possibility he stumbled on a dark secret of Elizabeth & Robert Dudley. My interpretations may be considered controversial. I have tried to look at Catholic medieval symbolism through the Hilliard’s Protestant eyes to suggest other meanings to his portraits of the Virgin Queen. It is up to the reader to choose to believe them, or not

From my website

Mary I – The Royal Touch heals The King’s Evil

On her accession to the English throne in 1553, Mary I restored the Catholic faith and in particular the Crampe Ringe service as an important part of the Easter devotions. This service was when gold coins were blessed and given in a service of healing to those suffering from the…

A Banquet on board The Golden Hind

On 4th April, 1581 Francis Drake hosted a banquet on his ship The Golden Hind to celebrate his circumnavigation of the globe and to honour his patrons, principally, Elizabeth I. The Golden Hind – copyright National Maritime Museum, London The ship had set out from England in 1577 named The…

Attici Amoris Ergo – The Truth of the Line?

Last Friday saw the first of a short series of programmes by Dr James Fox on the British Renaissance.  I was transfixed by Dr Fox’s interpretations and his use of imagery, more because it was something very similar to what I have put together for an 8 week course I…

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