The youngest daughter of Oliver Cromwell looks for love in his Protectoral court in the 1660s
London 1657. Following her father Oliver Cromwell’s unprecedented ascent to become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Frances Cromwell has moved from her humble childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall. Dreaming of romance, fulfilment and a love match that must surely be found at court, 18-year-old Frances is the youngest of Cromwell’s daughters.
These are turbulent times however, and after an assassination attempt on her family, Frances realises that her future is no longer her own and that danger is everywhere. Then her father is officially offered the crown and Frances’ fate suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance.
Will she become a political pawn, or can Frances use her new status to further her own ambitions?
MIRANDA MALINS is a writer and historian specialising in the history of Oliver Cromwell, his family and the politics of the Interregnum period following the Civil Wars. She studied at Cambridge University, leaving with a PhD, and continues to speak at conferences and publish journal articles and book reviews. She is also a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. Alongside this, Miranda works as a commercial solicitor in the City and began writing historical novels on maternity leave. The Puritan Princess is her debut novel.