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

Noli me tangere – Touch me not!

Noli me tangere – Touch me not are the words spoken by Christ to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb early on the first Easter Sunday.  What artist would not want to portray the event of Christ’s Resurrection?  The drama of that first Easter Sunday has led to some of the…

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…

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