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Tudor Rose by Sue Allan
AKA Freewillsue on the Wiki
This novel tells the fascinating real-life story of Rose Hickman, nee Locke. Nearing the end of her life, she wrote a memoir, only part of which still survives. Having done a considerable amount of research, Sue Allan has reconstructed the ‘missing bits’.
The Lockes and the Hickmans were prosperous London mercers, close to the Crown. They remained steadfast in the Protestantism throughout the turbulent years of the English Reformation. Their beliefs developed into what we today would call Nonconformist, and even when Protestantism was the established religion of England under Elizabeth, the family suffered much hardship because of their faith. Sue Allan has made this subject her own in her trilogy that includes Mayflower Maid, Jamestown Woman, and Restoration Lady. Tudor Rose can be seen as a ‘prequel’.
Rose was born during the reign of Henry VIII and died during that of James I at the ripe old age of 87. Sue Allan has put her heart and soul into bringing a long-forgotten lady to wider attention in what is, clearly, a labour of love... Sally Zigmond
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Sue says, she is far happiest dressed as Lady Rose Hickman and giving visitors to Gainsborough Hall the low down on the history...However "I am a serious historian, and I have seen some glaring inaccuracies during the TV series [The Tudors] but I just can't help myself from loving the vibrancy of this drama. It is just so watchable!"
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