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 draw her husband back to the
center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be.
Elizabeth’s excited triumph is short-lived. She has
inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant 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 ambitious Robert Dudley.
As the young couple falls in love, a question hangs in the air: can he really
set aside his wife and marry the queen? When Amy is found dead, Elizabeth and
Dudley are suddenly plunged into a struggle for survival.
Philippa Gregory’s The
Virgin’s Lover answers the question about an unsolved crime that has
fascinated detectives and historians for centuries. Intelligent, romantic, and
compelling, The Virgin’s Lover presents
a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition exceeds his
means, and the wife who cannot forgive them. Download and start listening now!