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3.00011082379017 out of 53.00011082379017 out of 53.00011082379017 out of 53.00011082379017 out of 53.00011082379017 out of 5 3.00 (27,070 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date:
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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. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the peal of bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen.

Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country 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.

Only Robert truly revels in the opportunities of the new reign. He 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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jolly good fun.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court.” 

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Expertly crafted…readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales…will be enthralled.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lissette | 2/10/2014

    " I usually love her writing but I found this book almost disappointing. I wanted so much more about Elizabeth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia Anderson | 2/8/2014

    " Maybe loved a little more even than the others...love, love, love Queen Elizabeth....what a woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mira | 2/7/2014

    " I believe this is the final book in the Tudor saga that started with the "Constant Princess" and ends with "The Virgin's Lover". Good book, but not as good as its predecessors. This one bored me a little. I felt the same way about the 'Constant Princess". The middle 3 I liked. Per Philippa Gregory style, great historical fiction with a theory on an unsolved mystery. I like the way she finds that one loose thread in history and just pulls until she gets her own reality. I enjoy her writing. But I am getting tired of the Tudors :D. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keziah Horne | 2/4/2014

    " Philippa Gregory brings the intrigue and scandal of Tudor Court to vivid life with authenticity and flair. Dialogue rings true and characters are historically convincing - a rare accomplishment in the period genre on both counts. The only bugbear I have with this book (and many others of Gregory's) is that although it is based on conjecture, I found myself treating the story as fact! "

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