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

Toni Mount Giveaway ends today!

OFFER ENDS TODAY… HURRY! Just a quick post to remind you that the giveaway for the launch of Toni Mount’s latest medieval mystery, The Colour of Cold Blood, ends today. So if you want to get your hands on Toni’s latest book and find out how to win a unique…

The Colour of Poison hits #93 in Historical Thrillers Best Sellers

The Colour of Gold by Toni Mount was released today and it’s doing amazingly well. We have spotted that it is in position 93 on the UK Kindle Historical Thrillers best seller chart, which is a very tricky chart to do well in … so this is especially good news…

Toni Mount is at her launch event

Toni Mount is all set up for her launch event at Gravesend Library at 3pm this afternoon. It’s lovely to see her looking so relaxed, and of course surrounded by her amazing Medieval Murder Mystery Series books. It seems that Sebastian Foxley has temporarily taken over Toni’s life! Launch day…

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