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

All new trailer and audio book version!

Don’t miss the new trailer for the audio book version of “The Truth of the Line” – and then of course, don’t miss out on the incredible special launch offer of the book from MadeGlobal Publishing. You can get the audio book here: The post All new trailer and…

Death of Court Artist Levina Teerlinc

Levina Teerling (?) by Nicholas HIlliard On 23rd June, 1576, Levina Teerlinc (1520 – 1576) died.  Levina was the daughter of the internationally famous Flemish illuminator (more correctly called a limner), Simon Bening, and grand-daughter of Alexander Bening.  In 2002 Alexander & Simon Bening were identified by Eric Drighsdal as…

D-DAY: 6th June 1944. Not since 1588 had England faced such a threat

On 6th June 1944, seventy years ago, the greatest ever sea born invasion was launched on the beaches of Normandy.  Not since 1588 had the British Isles faced such a threat to our freedom.  iN 1944 the Allied forces were invading the Normandy beaches to liberate occupied Europe from the Nazis.…

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