A spellbinding reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ set amongst the wild bohemian circle of Pre-Raphaelite artists and poets.
The Pre-Raphaelites were determined to liberate art and love from the shackles of convention.
Ned Burne-Jones had never had a painting lesson and his family wanted him to be a parson. Only young Georgie Macdonald – the daughter of a Methodist minister – understood. She put aside her own dreams to support him, only to be confronted by many years of gossip and scandal.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was smitten with his favourite model, Lizzie Siddal. She wanted to be an artist herself, but was seduced by the irresistible lure of laudanum.
William Morris fell head-over-heels for a ‘stunner’ from the slums, Janey Burden. Discovered by Ned, married to William, she embarked on a passionate affair with Gabriel that led inexorably to tragedy.
Margot Burne-Jones had become her father’s muse. He painted her as Briar Rose, the focus of his most renowned series of paintings, based on the fairy-tale that haunted him all his life. Yet Margot longed to be awakened to love.
Bringing to life the dramatic true story of love, obsession and heartbreak that lies behind the Victorian era’s most famous paintings, Beauty in Thorns is the story of awakenings of all kinds.
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Continuing Kate Forsyth’s series of fairy tale–inspired books, Beauty in Thorns reworks the Sleeping Beauty myth, adapted to reflect the internal drama of the pre-Raphaelite clique of artists and the unconventional women in their orbit. Told from the POV of the wives, models, mistresses and muses connected with this highly influential circle, it’s a vibrant tale full of desire, obsession, passion and tragedy. Beauty in Thorns will captivate the imaginations of fine-art connoisseurs, fans of 19th-century historical fiction and anyone who loves stories about the bohemian lifestyle.