A Net for Small Fishes.
Based on the true scandal that rocked the court of James I, A Net for Small Fishes is an exhilarating dive into the pitch-dark waters of the Jacobean court.
Frances Howard has beauty and a powerful family - and is the most unhappy creature in the world. Anne Turner has wit and talent - but no stage on which to display them. Little stands between her and the abyss of destitution. When these two very different women meet in the strangest of circumstances, a powerful friendship is sparked. Frances sweeps Anne into a world of splendour that exceeds all she imagined: a Court whose foreign king is a stranger to his own subjects; where ancient families fight for power, and where the sovereigns favourite may rise and rise - so long as he remains in favour.
With the marriage of their talents, Anne and Frankie enter this extravagant, savage hunting ground, seeking a little happiness for themselves. But as they gain notice, they also gain enemies; what began as a search for love and safety leads to desperate acts that could cost them everything.
- 332 pages
A striking portrait thought to be a young Frances Howard was recently attributed to George Geldorp (around 1620) and can be seen in our current exhibition Unseen Treasures. Learn more about Geldrop in this article written by historian Karen Hearn.