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

8th September 1560: Amy Robsart R.I.P.

Amy Robsart married Robert Dudley when she was eighteen years old and on 8th September 1560, ten years later, she was found dead at the foot of the stairs at Cunmore Place.  For the past 456 years there have been intense arguments about what she may have looked like and…

Meet MadeGlobal Authors via Live Streaming on 24 Sept

Just when you thought you were going to miss this singular event, MadeGlobal have announced they will be streaming it live to the world. will take you straight to the booking page. The MadeGlobal Authors There will be three panels:Tudor Affairs & Secrets, Henry VIII & his Six Wives, The Medieval…

Professor David Loades FSA

It was so sad to hear of the passing of Professor David Loades. He was Professor of History at the University of College North Wales for sixteen years from 1980 & Research Professor at the University of Sheffield from 1996 – 2008.   Professor Loades’s contribution to our knowledge of…

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