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Pegasus Books
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5.98 X 9.13 X 1.42 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Fremantle is the author of four Tudor novels: Queen's Gambit (soon to be the major motion picture, Firebrand, starring Alicia Vikander and Jude Law), Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady, and The Girl in the Glass Tower. As EC Fremantle she has written two gripping historical thrillers: The Poison Bed and The Honey and the Sting. Her contemporary short story, 'That Kind of Girl, ' was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2021. She has worked for Elle and Vogue in Paris and London and contributed to many publications including Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times (London), the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She lives in London.


"A great female artist struggling for her voice and for justice is brought to powerful life. Brilliantly researched, rich in detail, grippingly written, Disobedient is the novel Elizabeth Fremantle was born to write."--Elizabeth Buchanan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The Museum of Broken Promises
"An unputdownable, empowering story of revenge, ambition, and how women overcome adversity. Reading this book feels like being immersed in Artemisia's art: her passionate need for revenge, and the exploration (and condemnation) of male voyeurism. With a fierce heroine at its heart, Disobedient places Artemisia as one of the greatest painters in history."--Costanza Casati, author of Clytemnestra
"I could not put this book down. Every woman - and man - should read it. Shocking, gripping, Fremantle has crafted a tale that vividly evokes Baroque Italy by portraying a strong, assertive women. Splendid!"--Alison Weir
"In a novel as vivid and powerful as the paintings made by its main character, Fremantle tells the story of Artemisia Gentileschi, Renaissance artist and feminist icon. Imbued with historical detail and suffused with imagination, this is an exceptional work of biographical fiction."-- "Booklist"
"Artemisia's life was extraordinary, and so is this book. I was swept away by lush, evocative prose. An unforgettable, moving and important story told with great skill and care."--Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne
"Based on real-life events, Disobedient is narrated from Artemisia's perspective. One of the few women of her time to be given an opportunity to work as a painter, Artemisia is still considered one of the most important artists of the Baroque era. Disobedient honors the artist's perseverance and fight for artistic freedom."-- "Foreword Reviews"
"This is [Fremantle's] best work, her equivalent of Gentileschi's painting Judith Slaying Holofernes. Disobedient is vivid, unflinching and sometimes justly furious."--The TImes, (London)
"Elizabeth Fremantle deftly paints Artemisia [Gentileschi]'s painful but inspiring story in her latest biographical fiction, Disobedient. The attention to detail -- so necessary in a narrative filled with painters -- is absolutely engrossing. Disobedient was everything I'd hoped for and so much more. Fremantle has immense talent and tells the story of an amazing and inspiring woman with wit and certainty."--Donna Edwards, The Associated Press
"Dazzling. Fremantle breathes new life into history: Artemisia is a powerful protagonist, and Disobedient is taut, fast-paced and as painterly as its heroine's canvases."--The Daily Mail (UK)
"Fremantle fleshes out the painter's artistic calling, friendships, inner world, and navigation of life after a sexual assault with sensitivity and expressive, engulfing prose."-- "Hyperallergic"