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It's dangerous to be a Catholic in the age of Elizabeth. Lucky, then, that Francis Tregian is a Catholic nobleman of exceptional musical talent. In this epic, trans-continental tale, Anne Cuneo weaves the lives of William Byrd, Monteverdi and Shakespeare into the gripping and authentic tale of Tregian, creator of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

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Tregian'S Ground: The Life and Sometimes Secret Adventures of Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician by Anne Cuneo

The significance of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book to our musical canon is well known; the remarkable story of its copyist and compiler, Francis Tregian, less so. Born into Cornish Catholic nobility and plumb into the choppy waters of the Elizabethan Age, he must rely on his surpassing skill as a musician to survive. In this Prix des Libraires (Booksellers Prize) winning novel, Anne Cuneo deftly recreates the musician's journey across Renaissance Europe, which sees him befriending Shakespeare, swapping scores with William Byrd and Monteverdi, and playing in the court of Henri IV of France. The result is as gripping as it is authentic: an epic, transcontinental choreography in which Europe's monarchs tussle with pretenders to their thrones, and ordinary people steer between allegiances to God, nation and family.

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'Francis Tregian's extraordinary journeys through war-torn Europe keep readers riveted to the page and on the edge of their seats.' Jean-Marie Volet, World Literature Today ------- 'Anne Cuneo's magnificent book offers a humanist investigation of the most discerning kind.' Philippe-Jean Catinchi, Le Monde ------- 'His adventures transport us, with a jangle of spurs, from one conspiracy to another, from Shakespeare in his playhouse, to the battle camp of his good mate Henri IV. At the invitation of Tregian's novelist biographer, no reader could fail to be swept up in the excitement.' Laurence Liban, L'Express ------- 'Tregian's Ground certainly has many cinematic qualities - of the best kind ... The vivid, free-flowing translation here is by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Roland Glasser. This more than does justice to what is a marvelously rich and multi-layered piece of work ... Serious students of either history or music are not going to be disappointed here.' Andrew Green, Classical Music Magazine ------- 'This novel is based on a historical figure and, as is the typical benchmark for works in the genre, Cuneo's empathetic and informed immersion into Tregian's world gives the novel its claim to prestige. Cuneo handles the historical detail with a deft touch - it is sufficient but not excessive - and intersperses it well with vivacious dialogue and an authoritative, carefully researched knowledge of old London.' Ben Paynter, LA Review of Books ------- 'It's not always that a writer with an interesting life writes interesting fiction. In this case Anne and her equally talented translators have it sussed - this is totally engrossing ... by the time we take our leave of Francis as he awaits my Lady Death we are breathless and amazed, not to mention chuffed, to have made his acquaintance. And the really good bit? Tregian's Ground is another novel from & Other Stories, the publishing house that proves once again crowd funding knows a good thing when it sees it.' Bookbag ------- 'Francis is a worthy main character and I wanted the best for him, even when I felt he made the wrong choices.' Historic Novel Review ------- '[A] big, fat, absorbing historical novel that is by turns swashbuckling and tender ... that sweeps us along excitingly and paints a series of vivid pictures ... strongly cinematic ... The English translation of Tregian's Ground does full justice to this long book with its finely calibrated tone and many historical, literary and musical allusions, and it reads beautifully throughout. It's a lovely, engaging novel that really is a song for tolerance and culture, especially music, and for talented, creative individuals thriving even in the most brutal of times.' Jean Morris, Shiny New Books ------- 'an unparalleled contribution to the Bildungsroman genre.' Glasgow Review of Books

About Anne Cuneo

Anne Cuneo was born in Paris to Italian parents, and raised in Switzerland and in England. She is a writer, filmmaker and journalist, and holds a degree in literature from the University of Lausanne. Her career spans four decades and fifteen novels, as well as dozens of plays and scripts for theatre, TV and radio. Originally published in French as Le trajet d'une riviere, Tregian's Ground was awarded the prestigious Prix des Libraires, which celebrates the best novel published in the Francophone world each year. It has sold over 120,000 copies across Europe. ------- Louise Rogers Lalaurie translates literary and genre fiction from French, including traveller and psychogeographer Jean Rolin, and novelists Antoine Laurain and Gabrielle Wittkop. She is the winner of three French Voices awards. Her translation of Olivier Truc's crime debut Forty Days Without Shadow was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger in 2014. She has lived in France since 1991, dividing her time between Toulouse and the Seine valley south of Paris. ------- Roland Glasser studied theatre and art history in the UK and France, and has published over twenty translations from French (art, travel and trade non-fiction). He co-manages the Emerging Translators Network, and serves on the committee of the UK Translators Association. He lived in Paris for over a decade, and is currently based in London.

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