Author(s): Rose Tremain
In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. From the moment when he realises that the musicians perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, Peter Claire understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death.
Designated the King's 'Angel' because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the King's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided between duty and passion, how can Peter Claire find the path that will realise his hopes and save his soul?
WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD NOVEL AWARD
Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 1999 and Whitbread Prize (Novel) 1999.
"The best historical novelist of her generation. She evokes the past--with sensuality, wit and superb sleights of hand." - A. N. Wilson
"Lyrical, voluptuous--splendid--A sumptuous drama lit by the glamorous torchlight of the courtly past." - "Sunday Times"
"Historical fiction so epic in scope and so moving and imaginative that the reader lives a second life." - "Time Out"
"Superb--a wonderful, joyously noisy book." - "Guardian"
"Tremain's achievement in "Music & Silence" is extraordinary--A narrative as funny as it is compelling." - "Daily Telegraph"
"Magnificent--shot through with Tremain's unique blend of psychological acuity and charm." - "The Times"
Rose Tremain won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country), the Sunday Express Book of the Year and the Booker Prize Shortlist (Restoration), the Dylan Thomas Short Story Award (The Colonel's Daughter), a Giles Cooper Award (for the play Temporary Shelter) and the Angel Literary Award (twice).