Sumptuous historical novel from bestselling author of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and THE QUEEN'S FOOL Elizabeth I has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that they know what would be best for the country and certain that a young woman cannot form ...Read MoreSumptuous historical novel from bestselling author of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and THE QUEEN'S FOOL Elizabeth I has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that they know what would be best for the country and certain that a young woman cannot form political judgements. Elizabeth feels that she can rely on just one man: her oldest friend, Robert Dudley. It is soon plain that he is more than merely a friend. In a house in the countryside waits a very different woman, Amy Robsart -- Robert's wife. She has no taste for life at court and longs for the day when her husband will return home and attend to his family. She has loved him since she was a girl, but now they are adults she hardly sees him. Meanwhile, the pressure grows for Elizabeth to marry, for it is unthinkable that a queen should rule on her own. Elizabeth's preference is clear, but he is unavailable. But what if the unthinkable were to happen...Philippa Gregory blends passion, personalities and politics in this stunning novel of the Tudor court and a country divided.Read Less
This novel managed to combine historical inaccuracies with character slanders while diminishing neither. Elizabeth the First, portrayed as a dependent, indecisive child, has an affair with her childhood friend.
Jul 31, 2007
THIS NOVEL CONTINUES WHERE THE QUEEN'S FOOL LEFT OFF. ELIZABETH IS NOW QUEEN AND IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STRUGGLE TO CONSOLIDATE HER POWER. HER THRONE IS THREATENED BY HER COUSIN MARY AND ALSO BY HER PASSIONATE ATTACHMENT TO ROBERT DUDLEY, HER FAVORITE. THE TROUBLE IS THAT MARY THINKS SHE SHOULD BE QUEEN OF ENGLAND AND ROBERT HAS A WIFE. HOW ELIZABETH SOLVES THESE PROBLEMS IS WHAT THE REST OF THE STORY IS ABOUT. OF COURSE THIS IS A FICTIONALIZED SOLUTION TO THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF AMY DUDLEY. FAST PACED FICTIONALIZED HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF TUDOR HISTORY.
Jun 1, 2007
I love this book!
Another page turner from Philippa Gregory! Fiction based on actual history, this narration is very believable and extremely enjoyable. You will fall in love with the characters.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-09-20 Bestseller Gregory captivates again with this expertly crafted historical about the beautiful young Virgin Queen, portrayed as a narcissistic, neurotic home-wrecker. As in her previous novels about Tudor England (The Queen's Fool, etc.), Gregory amasses a wealth of colorful period detail to depict the shaky first days of Elizabeth I's reign. The year is 1558, an especially dangerous time for the nation: no bishop will coronate Henry VIII's Protestant daughter, the treasury is bankrupt, the army is unpaid and demoralized. Meanwhile, the French are occupying Scotland and threatening to install "that woman"-Mary, Queen of Scots-on the throne. Ignoring the matrimonial advice of pragmatic Secretary of State William Cecil, the 25-year-old Elizabeth persists in stringing along Europe's most eligible bachelors, including King Philip of Spain and the Hapsburg archduke Ferdinand. It's no secret why: she's fallen for her "dark, saturnine" master of horse, Sir Robert Dudley, whose traitorous family history and marriage to the privately Catholic Amy make him an unsuitable consort. Gregory deftly depicts this love triangle as both larger than life and all too familiar; all three characters are sympathetic without being likable, particularly the arch-mistress Elizabeth, who pouts, throws tantrums, connives and betrays with queenly impunity. After a while the plot stagnates, as the lovers flaunt their emotions in the face of repetitious arguments from Amy, Cecil and various other scandalized members of the court. But readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales of intrigue and romance will be enthralled, right down to the teasingly tragic ending. Agent, Melanie Jackson. (Nov.) Forecast: The first hardcover in her series about Tudor England, this should prove Gregory's enduring appeal with a run on the lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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