Today it's my pleasure to welcome Liz Trenow to the blog on the latest stop of her The Silk Weaver blog tour with a guest piece giving us an insight into the inspiration for her central characters Anna and Henri.
The boy she falls in love with, Henri, is a Huguenot (or Protestant) whose family fled persecution in France by the Catholic king. The Huguenots were banned from worshipping in their own way and many decided to use all their savings to make perilous journeys in small boats across the Channel to reach safety in England. I became fascinated by the parallels with what is happening to refugees today and wanted to highlight them in this novel.
A novel of illicit romance set against the world of the silk trade in London
Anna Butterfield moves from her Suffolk country home to her uncle's house in London, to be introduced to society. A chance encounter with a local silk weaver, French immigrant Henri, throws her from her privileged upbringing to the darker, dangerous world of London's silk trade. Henri is working on his 'master piece' to make his name as a master silk weaver; Anna, meanwhile, is struggling against the constraints of her family and longing to become an artist. Henri realizes that Anna's designs could lift his work above the ordinary, and give them both an opportunity for freedom…
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