Previously published as Queen’s Gambit, now a major feature film starring Alicia Vikander and Jude Law


For fans of WOLF HALL and the BBC's THE WHITE QUEEN, FIREBRAND (previously published as Queen’s Gambit) is now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Michelle Williams and Sam Riley.

Dive into the Fremantle's vivid Tudor England and meet the woman who survived Henry VIII.

‘The Tudor court comes to life in this gripping story of Katherine Parr, where passion, secrecy and betrayal power the suspense’
Woman & Home


My name is Katherine Parr.

I'm 31 years old and already twice widowed.

I'm in love with a man I can't have, and am about to wed a man no-one would want.

My husband-to-be is none other than Henry VIII, who has already beheaded two wives, cast aside two more, and watched one die in childbirth.

What will become of me once I'm wearing his ring and become Queen of England?

They say that the sharpest blades are sheathed in the softest pouches.

Only time will tell what I am really made of...



‘Electric’ Good Housekeeping

‘Beautifully written and finely observed, this suspenseful tale of Henry the Eighth's last wife expertly conveys all the dangerous intensity and passion of the Tudor court’ RACHEL HORE, author of A PLACE OF SECRETS

‘Rich in atmosphere and period detail . . . An enticing read’ Stylist

‘A sumptuous epic’ Metro

‘With a painter's eye for detail, Fremantle brings the dazzling, dangerous Tudor court to life and sheds an intriguing new light on Katherine Parr, one of history's great survivors. An enthralling tale of power and passion, loyalty and betrayal’ ELIZABETH WILHIDE, author of ASHENDEN

‘Breathes vibrant life into Henry VIII's most intriguing, intelligent and least known wife, Katherine Parr’ ANNE EASTER SMITH

‘A major new voice in historical fiction’ The Bookseller

‘Wildly entertaining . . . One of the best historical novels I've read’ Huffington Post


'An unforgettable, moving and important story told with great skill and care' JENNIFER SAINT

'Outstanding. A powerful novel about women who are shamed and silenced, and how they learn to survive. A literary knockout' ANNA MAZZOLA, author of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL

'An unforgettable book - visceral and lush and fierce. The last few pages left me gasping. An absolute triumph' EVE CHASE


  • ‘Electric’
    Good Housekeeping

About the author

Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is the critically acclaimed author of four Tudor historical novels: Queen's Gambit (soon to be the feature film, Firebrand), Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and The Girl in the Glass Tower. As E.C. Fremantle she has written two gripping historical thrillers: The Poison Bed and The Honey and the Sting. Her most recent novel, Disobedient, is a gripping feminist retelling of the life of seventeenth-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. She lives in London.
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