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The Queen’s Lender

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George Heriot, jeweller to King James VI, moves with the Court from Edinburgh to London to take over the English throne. It is 1603. Life is a Babel of languages and glittering new wealth. The Scottish court speaks Danish, German, Middle Scots, French and Latin. James gives Shakespeare his first secure position. To calm the perfidious religious tensions in the country, he commissions his translation of the Bible. He creates the Union Jack, called after himself.
George becomes wealthier than the king as he sets a fashion for hat jewels and mingles with Drummond of Hawthornden, Ben Johnson, Inigo Jones and the mysterious ambassador Luca Von Modrich....
However both king and courtier bow before the phenomenal power invested in their wives.

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‘Jean Findlay assembles a fascinating man from a strange collection of fragments with style, fittingly enough, and wit.’

- Ian Bell The Herald

‘... first-rate, playful, moving biography.’

- The Times

‘Elegant and even-handed biography’

- Joseph Epstein Wall Street Journal   


‘a fascinating read’

- The Economist   

‘Biographies like Findlay’s are crisp air in cramped and  stuffy literary rooms of ideology.’

- Trevor Logan Curator Magazine

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Jean Findlay


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Jean Findlay is the founder of Scotland Street Press. Among other things, she has written Three Plays and Chasing Lost Time – the Life of C. K. Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator, which was published by Chatto and Windus.
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