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

World Book Day 2017

Historical Fiction from MadeGlobal Historican Non-Fiction from MadeGlobal History in a Nutshell Series from MadeGlobal General Fiction from MadeGlobal Children’s Books from MadeGlobal Health and Cooking from MadeGlobal

Good luck tonight Phil Roberts

Good luck to author Philip Roberts, who is speaking at Ipswich County Library at 7pm tonight. If you’ve bought your tickets already, have a wonderful time and say hello to Phil from us. Philip will be speaking about the Mary Rose and also Whitehall Palace, two books he as published…

Some Easter reading for you!

Easter weekend is looming and it’s a long holiday weekend for many people. Holiday weekends and good weather rarely go hand-in-hand but you never know! Whatever the weather – whether you’re in the sunshine on the beach or in your garden, or stuck at home due to rain – you…

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