'The best thing from Denmark since Hamlet.' John Julius Norwich
In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. From the moment when he realises that the musicians perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, Peter Claire understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death.
Designated the King's 'Angel' because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the King's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided between duty and passion, how can Peter Claire find the path that will realise his hopes and save his soul?
'The best historical novelist of her generation. She evokes the past with sensuality, wit and superb sleights of hand... The plot is ingenious...an unforgettable tapestry of Eros and art.' A. N. Wilson
The best thing from Denmark since Hamlet.
A magnificent novel... a brilliant book which will repay many readings
Tremain's achievement in Music & Silence is extraordinary ... A narrative as funny as it is compelling
Tremain weaves her web of stories with great visual flair and emotional acuity: This is a fabulous cacophony of passion and despair
The activist Peter Tatchell on Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country, a groundbreaking novel about a young country girl called Mary who becomes a man named Martin
Read an extract from the masterful new novel by Rose Tremain, which traces a friendship across a lifetime
A wide-ranging and provocative discussion with Rebecca Asher and Juno Dawson is accompanied by interviews with David Szalay and Rose Tremain as we look at how novels and non-fiction are examining the modern male.