The Virgin's Lover

The Virgin's Lover

Book - 2004
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA TODAY ) comes a riveting and scandalous love triangle between a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition far exceeds his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen, yet 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 advisors 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 back 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743256155
0743256158
9780743269261
0743269268
Branch Call Number: FIC GRE
Characteristics: 441 p. ; 24 cm

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CrochetCat374
Jul 10, 2016

Not my favorite Philippa Gregory book. Elizabeth I is portrayed as an indecisive mess who seems to be entirely in the thrall of the men in her life. Robert Dudley is not likeable either, coming off as ambitious and cruel, and his wife Amy Dudley manages to be both pitiful and intensely irritating. The ending was quite abrupt as well.

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riodestgermain
Sep 13, 2012

This by far is one of the most intruiging books about QEI and the "would be" king and how she will never let him rise above her - no matter how grave the cost. LOVED IT!

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The_Zookeeper
Dec 22, 2010

The fitting end to the Tudor Series.

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jjens01
Dec 18, 2010

great book about the bolleyn family in England in the 1500s. look foward to reading the authors other books

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cjr2010
Oct 13, 2010

Loved this one from Phillipa Gregory - one of my fave's of hers.

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richadubey
Jun 02, 2016

Life from the PoV of Robert Dudley, reputed to be Queen Elizabeth's lover, who she never married because she feared losing control of her throne.

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ladytigressa
Jun 13, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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