The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court #5)
As a new queen, Elizabeth faces two great dangers: the French invasion of Scotland, which threatens to put Mary Queen of Scots on her throne, and her passion for the convicted traitor Robert Dudley.
Bud Dudley is already married, and his
Since my knowledge of Elizabeth and her reign of power is very limited (pretty much nonexistant) I found her love affair with Dudley very intriguing; especially after following The Queen's Fool and...more
The writing was still beautiful, as always, but the story line (though taken from history and elaborated upon) was lacking. This time the story was not told from one person's perspective, but several. I th...more
I was disappointed in the way Queen Elizabeth was portrayed. Gregory shows Elizabeth as an almost weak-willed, indecisive woman ruled by her love of a person she knows she can not not have. She can not make a firm decision about war with France. She's left scandal about her and Dudley to run amok, let...more
I love just about anything to do with Queen Elizabeth I, and a historical novel of her romance with Robert Dudley was intriguing, to say the least. However...
The novel was weak at best. Oh, the writing is not bad, although the number of typos and grammatical errors really threw me for a loop--how can a work of this calibre fail so miserably in basic grammar and punctuation? Moreover, the...more
At the time of Queen Mary's death, the young princess had yet to act in a significant role on the great stage of England. The plotting of other legitimate heirs and powerful bishops who fear the return of Protestant rigors and Henry's rules leave Elizabeth beset by treachery on all sides. Left with few resources to protec...more
The writing was still beautiful, as always, but the story line, though taken from history and elaborated upon, was lacking. This time the story was not told from one person’s perspective, but several. I think it gave the story less dimension because you found yourself unable to f...more
Now, I do agree with many of the other reviewers regarding Dudley and Elizabeth. This novel offered an alternate view of Dudley and Elizabeth as star crosse...more
Having come from reading 'The Queen's fool' straight into reading this book maybe i'm looking at it from the slightly wrong angle, but in that story there was so much action- we had battles, plots, intrigue, romance, just about everything really! Sadly this story as some other reviewers pointed out jus...more
The story follows the first several years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. It was a time of political and religious unrest in England's history. Elizabeth was a young woman. She was pretty, smart, and not as easy to manipulate as the men around her would have liked. Except b...more
Now, that that is out of my system, let me begin: I am a big Gregory fan: "The Other Boleyn Girl" is one of my favorite novels. However, when a writer abandons filling in what we don't know, for downright changing the facts, they are no longer writing historical fiction, but fantasy: and that is what this book is. The problem? Gregory's attempt at maligning Elizabeth the First's character.
Now, I knew she had a strong l...more
I love the Queen Elizabeth I, and this was the first novel I read about her. (I have read some biographies; I'm always reading about her mother).
This was an interesting story, really. It portrays the love triangle (?) between Elizabeth, the swashbuckling Robert Dudley, and his 'inconvenient' wife, Amy Robsart.
It's a sweet little love affair; they want to wed so much, but for the good of her kingdom, Elizabeth has to marry for policy/diplomacy what with their war with the French...more
After reading the Other Boleyn Girl and the way PG portrays Anne Boleyn as an evil, unsympathetic, absolute harpy to everyone around her I was sure she had this hatred for Anne Boleyn and is clearly biased against her.
... On the contrary she clearly had a huge amount of respect and likeness for Katherine of Argon and her daughter Mary as is made cle...more
That being said, I found that the writing was good and have had to remind myself of the historical facts to find out where history ends and fiction begins. This is truly the way historical fiction sh...more
This story doesn’t feature Hannah and her first person narrative, instead it focuses on Elizabeth as she comes into being a queen and her trials and challenges doing so. Her lover (as in the title) is Robert Dudley who we...more
Elizabeth has been doing a good job of getting a handle on being the ruler of her small island nation. This is in spite of the religious disparities among her people. This is highlighted when the Pope offers a dispensation for anyone who might want to protect...more