Troubador A Woman of Noble Wit

Released: 28/09/2021

ISBN: 9781800464599

eISBN: 9781800466111

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Woman of Noble Wit


Few women of her time lived to see their name in print. But Katherine was no ordinary woman. She was Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother. This is her story.

Set against the turbulent background of a Devon rocked by the religious and social changes that shaped Tudor England; a Devon of privateers and pirates; a Devon riven by rebellions and plots, A Woman of Noble Wit tells how Katherine became the woman who would inspire her famous sons to follow their dreams. It is Tudor history seen though a woman’s eyes.

As the daughter of a gentry family with close connections to the glittering court of King Henry VIII, Katherine’s duty is clear. She must put aside her dreams and accept the husband chosen for her. Still a girl, she starts a new life at Greenway Court, overlooking the River Dart, relieved that her husband is not the ageing monster of her nightmares. She settles into the life of a dutiful wife and mother until a chance shipboard encounter with a handsome privateer, turns her world upside down.…..

Years later a courageous act will set Katherine’s name in print and her youngest son will fly high.

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Rosemary Griggs

Rosemary Griggs is a retired Whitehall Senior Civil Servant with a lifelong passion for history. She is now a speaker on Devon's sixteenth century history and costume. She makes regular costumed appearances at National Trust houses and local museums and also leads heritage tours at Dartington Hall. Through her extensive research she has uncovered the lives of forgotten Tudor women and been drawn into an intriguing network of interconnected families whose influence stretched far beyond beautiful Devon.

Her first novel A Woman of Noble Wit is inspired by the life of Katherine, Sir Walter Raleigh's mother.

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