The Lady of the Tower

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DRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION MEMOIR ROMANCE BIOGRAPHICAL

17th Century or Earlier

Elizabeth St.John

Logline

Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as "the most beautiful of all," defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love. Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, marrying a favorite of the king and becoming mistress of the Tower of London. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.

Genre

Drama, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Romance, Biographical

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Setting

The Tower of London, the Palace of Whitehall and country houses and castles in England and Wales.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Starting Description

An orphan, despised by her stepmother and jealous sister for her beauty and brains, this is a quest story set in 17thC England. Young Lucy challenges society's rules and in her role of The Lady of the Tower cares for the prisoners and plays the political games necessary to keep her family in favor.

Ending Description

Widowed and still young, Lucy stands alone in her garden in The Tower of London, ready to fight on. Evicted with just the deeds to a ruined house, she has lost everything because of her husband's debts and the death of her patron. And yet, with children to raise and a strong faith, she will survive.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Lucy St.John, later Lucy, Lady Apsley

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Outspoken, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Engaging, Faithful, Adventurous, Charming, Educated, Gracious, Heroic, Honorable, Beautiful, Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Barbara St.John

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Seductive, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Greedy, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Adventurous, Complex, Secretive, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Sir Allen Apsley

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Patriotic, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Confident, Faithful, Heroic, Masculine, Complex

Additional Character Details

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Logline

Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as "the most beautiful of all," defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love. Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, marrying a favorite of the king and becoming mistress of the Tower of London. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery. Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.

Short Summary

An orphan, despised by her stepmother and jealous sister for her beauty and brains, this is a quest story set in 17thC England. Young Lucy challenges society's rules and in her role of The Lady of the Tower cares for the prisoners and plays the political games necessary to keep her family in favor.


Widowed and still young, Lucy stands alone in her garden in The Tower of London, ready to fight on. Evicted with just the deeds to a ruined house, she has lost everything because of her husband's debts and the death of her patron. And yet, with children to raise and a strong faith, she will survive.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Lucy St.John, later Lucy, Lady Apsley

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Outspoken, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Engaging, Faithful, Adventurous, Charming, Educated, Gracious, Heroic, Honorable, Beautiful, Confident

Character 1

Name: Barbara St.John

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Seductive, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Greedy, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Adventurous, Complex, Secretive, Villainous

Character 2

Name: Sir Allen Apsley

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Patriotic, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Confident, Faithful, Heroic, Masculine, Complex

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