New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history’s most enthralling queen—as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.
One of today’s premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as
she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth
Tudor, queen of enigma—the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the
victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired,
jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England’s greatest monarch has
baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. What was she really
In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice
Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth’s rival for the love
of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex,
the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth’s throne, Lettice had
been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two
women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country
and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family—and each vying to convince the listener of her own private vision of
the truth about Elizabeth’s character. Their gripping drama is acted out
at the height Elizabethan age’s flowering. Shakespeare, Marlowe,
Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—all of them swirl through this novel as they
swirled through the court and on the high seas.
This is a
magnificent, stay-up-all-night listen that is George’s finest and most
compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers and listeners of
Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
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