A wonderfully rich and absorbing historical novel following the fortunes of a struggling artist around the courtly world of Elizabethan London.
Norfolk, the 22nd year of Elizabeth I's reign. An ambitious young painter strikes out from his humble beginnings for the teeming City of London. Haunted by the image of his bride's gruesome death, and fuelled by his desire to portray the splendour of life, he sets his sights on a place at the Queen's glittering court.
Yet talent alone does not open the doors to royal favour, and the artist is thrown into the petty intrigues and rivalries of the English portrait schools. Here he meets Kat, a legendary courtesan with an unusual proclivity for paint. Their complex alliance leads them into a world of bribery, politics and power, and a court peopled by the celebrated figures of the age.
A Likeness is a masterly portrayal of Elizabethan England, the lives of noblemen and servants, artists and courtesans. It is also a deliciously erotic tale of two young people's desires and a thriller of intrigue and double-dealing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cariola - LibraryThing
While this book had its interesting moments and some clever ideas, overall, it fell short for me. Set in the reign of Elizabeth I, the main character, Rob, longs to become a portrait painter and to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Otjiwarotji - LibraryThing
Historical novel set in the reign of Elizabeth 1st. The main character seeks to be a portrait painter and aims to be accepted at court. His liaison with a Courtesan gain him many contacts within the ... Read full review