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The Virgin's Lover - Philippa Gregory
The Virgin's Lover
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In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth's ambitious leap to the throne will pull her husband back to the very... show more
In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth's ambitious leap to the throne will pull her husband back to the very center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be. Amy had hoped that the merciless ambitions of the Dudley family had died on Tower Green when Robert's father was beheaded and his sons shamed; but the peal of bells she hears is his summons once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen. Can Amy's steadfast faith in him, her constant love, and the home she wants to make for them in the heart of the English countryside compete with the allure of the new queen? Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country, riven by enmity, where treason is normal and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisor William Cecil warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the irresistible, ambitious Robert Dudley. Robert revels in the opportunities of the new reign. The son of an aristocratic family brought up in palaces as the equal of his royal playmates, Robert knows he can reclaim his destiny at Elizabeth's side. Elizabeth cannot resist his courtship, and as the young couple slowly falls in love, Robert starts to think the impossible: can he set aside his wife and marry the young queen? Philippa Gregory's The Virgin's Lover answers the question about an unsolved crime that has fascinated detectives and historians for centuries. Philippa Gregory uses documents and evidence from the Tudor era and, with almost magical insight into the desires of Robert Dudley and his lovers, paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780743275347 (0743275349)
ASIN: B000FC2NLC
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Reading for Sanity
Reading for Sanity rated it
3.0 The Virgin's Lover
The Virgin’s Lover (The Tudor Court #5) Philippa Gregory, 2004 In her first days on the throne, Queen Elizabeth faces threats from many sides: the Pope, outraged by the new Protestant Queen, has declared it not a sin to assassinate her, and Mary, Queen of Scots, along with the French army, threa...
ⓂⓂ NERD
ⓂⓂ NERD rated it
2.0 The Virgin's Lover
finally this book is over, It is too damn long, and boring.For the begging half of the novel nothing that matters happened and when it got a little bit interesting in the middle it sunk back to dullness. The author elaborated more on the history aspect if the novel rather than the relationship of Ro...
welshy72
welshy72 rated it
3.0 Virgin's Lover
Not one of Gregory's best works but still quite good. I love reading about this era!!
leeellenreynoldspogue
leeellenreynoldspogue rated it
4.0 The Virgin's Lover (Boleyn)
Loved the Historical Part and the Fiction part. and when put together made a very interesting story line, I really enjoyed this book,
Bonnie
Bonnie rated it
3.0 The Virgin's Lover (Boleyn)
It took me FOREVER to finish this book... primarily because of how the author portrayed Queen Elizabeth. If this was an honest depiction or not, she was a truly annoying and whiny woman! Which typical novels/movies about Queen Elizabeth are quite the opposite. The novel didn't ever seem to be going ...
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