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The Queen's Pleasure

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  303 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When young Robert Dudley, an earl's son, meets squire's daughter Amy Robsart, it is love at first sight. They marry despite parental misgivings, but their passion quickly fades, and the ambitious Dudley returns to court. Swept up in the turmoil of Tudor politics, Dudley is imprisoned in the Tower. Also a prisoner is Dudley's childhood playmate, the princess Elizabeth. In t...more
Paperback, 469 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Rachel
* I received this book as part of a Goodreads "First Reads" giveaway. *

Well, first of all, I didn't realize the type of genre this book was. Had I known, I wouldn't have entered to win. I love historical fiction, however, this book was more like fiction loosely based on some fact with a big helping of lots of writing about the sex lives of the characters in question. I quit reading about a third of the way through the book after feeling rather disappointed.

I did appreciate that Purdy began the b...more
Orsolya
Although the love affair between Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley is well-known; I generally find myself “rooting” for the underdog which in this case was Dudley’s ill-fated wife, Amy Robsart. Her death – whether from breast cancer, suicide, or murder—is one of my favorite unsolved mysteries. Brandy Purdy explores this love triangle in “The Queen’s Pleasure”.

The first 200 pages of “The Queen’s Pleasure” are told through Amy’s eyes alternating chapters between the day of her death and of her me...more
Amanda
The Queen's Pleasure explores the romance between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, primarily through the eyes of Amy Dudley, Robert's wife. Not only did Amy stand between Robert and Elizabeth, but between Robert and his ambition. The novel opens with Amy's discussion of her marriage to Robert, which quickly became a loveless shell when the once love-lorn Robert realizes that marrying the lowly Amy only hurt his ambition. Then, after Elizabeth takes the throne, Robert seems a way to further that am...more
Lori
I am still a fairly new devotee of historical fiction and have read a few books centered in the Tudor era but this is the first book devoted to Queen Elizabeth I and, more especially, Amy Robsart Dudley, a figure much lesser known and written about in history.

The Queen's Pleasure is really Amy's story, told from her point of view as a young maiden desperately in love with the dashing Robert Dudley, transitioning to a blushing bride and then an unwanted and unloved wife, callously tossed aside f...more
Stephanie
Brandy Purdy writes a story about Robert Dudley who meets Amy Robsart-a daughter of a squire-and falls in love with her. Despite his family’s misgivings of the match he soon marries her. Not long after, Robert's love for Amy fades and he wants to return to court. When Elizabeth becomes Queen of England, Robert’s ambition grows and so does his resentment towards his marriage to Amy. Roberts’s loyalties seem to move to whoever is in power at the moment and throughout the story he shows no quilt or...more
Amber
Rating: 4.5 stars

The Queen’s Pleasure is the long-suffering Amy Robsart Dudley’s story, the ill-treated and oft forgotten country heiress wife to the highly ambitious Lord Robert Dudley. When Amy, the squire’s daughter and Robert, a traitor’s son, first met, it was love at first sight. They quickly married despite the objections from both of their families, believing that their love and their dreams were all they needed. But even as Amy’s love remains steadfast, Robert’s ardor cools and he retur...more
Siobian
Though many have heard about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, few know about Robert's wife, Amy Robsart Dudley. When she was seventeen, she married Robert for love and they had a wonderful first year of marriage. But soon, Robert's ambition overtakes his feelings for Amy and he leaves her behind in the countryside with promises to introduce Amy at court one day. Amy lives out her life alone, except for her faithful servant who stays with her through everything, hoping and...more
Sarah Wagner
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this book, but instead I found it rather disappointing. Overall, I felt like the writing was poor, the characters unlikeable, and the plot rather thin. The seed of this novel lies in the history of Robert Dudley and the mysterious death of his first wife, Amy. The Tudors are always popular subjects of historical fiction, but this particular work has little to recommend it. Amy comes off as weak...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. I love, love, love reading just about anything about Queen Elizabeth I. She was strong and powerful and very unique. Oh, and she was a redhead and this redheaded reader loves fellow redheads ;) If you know anything about Queen Elizabeth I, you might know that she was Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's daughter. You might know that her nickname was "The Virgin Queen." Or you might know that she had a long time lover named Robert Dudley. This book mostly focuses on Robert Dudley, told from th...more
Gayle
The cover of the book says it's "A Novel of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley". In my opinion, it's more of a novel of Elizabeth I and AMY Dudley. This book is far more about Amy Dudley, the much dusregarded wife of Robert Dudley. Little is written about her, but she was a significant factor in Robert's quest for the Crown of England.

In the beginning of this novel, the author jumped around in the time line.....something I do not like. But, after a few chapters she stuck to a chronological time line...more
Melissa
The first half of The Queen's Pleasure was very hard to get through, mostly because I wanted to punch every single person. Robert was a total jerk, Amy was a pushover, and Elizabeth was just selfish. The tone of the book really changed though about half way through the book, and I started to really enjoy it.
The book is told over a 10 year period from first person perspectives of both Queen Elizabeth and Amy Robsart Dudley, Wife of Robert Dudley. The writing itself was good, and the voice of each...more
Mariely
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Vanessa
The novel is told alternately from Elizabeth and Amy Dudley. I've read other work by the author and quite enjoyed it, but this book, this was a challenge for me. The characters are not well developed and seem way out of proportion and exaggerated. There's an awful lot of repetition throughout the entire novel, sometimes it seems like the characters are having the exact same conversation every 75 pages. Lastly for me was the editing in the copy I read, these huge, long, rambling paragraphs that w...more
Michelle/ The True Book Addict
I always find it interesting to read a historical novel told from the point of view of a historical figure about which very little is known. It gives a fresh perspective to a story that, even for those of us who are in love with the Tudors, can grow tiresome at times. Brandy Purdy has done this for us in this wonderful book and has done it very well.

In The Queen's Pleasure, we get to experience the lives and love of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley through the eyes of Amy Robsart Dudley, and...more
Kathleen Kelly
The Queen's Pleasure is the fictional account of a real person, Amy Robisart. Born in Norfolk, the heiress of farmer Sir John Robsart of Syderstone. She married Robert Dudley just before she turned 18, and they were both young and in love. Amy is best known for her untimely death of suspicious circumstances.
Lady Jane Grey became Queen and after her rule of a fortnight as England's queen, Robert Dudley was sentenced to death and imprisoned in the Tower of London. At the same time Princess Elizab...more
Allison  Macias
Amy loves Robert. Robert loves Elizabeth. Elizabeth loves Robert, but often doesn't like him. This love triangle is one of the most infamous, and dangerous love triangles in the world. The fate of a Wife and a Kingdom depend on the outcome of this torrid love affair.

Robert Dudley marries Amy Robsart after a young whirlwind courtship. After the passion fades and Robert's ambition ignites, Amy is left in the country as a forgotten wife. At court, Robert recklessly peruses Queen Elizabeth and the C...more
Alex
For whatever reason, I usually avoid Tudor books that take place once Elizabeth becomes queen. I love reading about everything leading up to that, but find myself not caring once she starts her reign.

I wanted to give this book a try, though, because I really enjoyed this author's other two Tudor books. The cover told me this was a story of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley so that's what I was expecting; much to my surprise, this was REALLY a story about Robert's wife, Amy. I knew about her story, and...more
Kelsey
Told from the POV of Amy Dudley and also Elizabeth I, the reader is taken on a touching journey. The beginning has you wondering if the entire story is going to be told from obviously the mind of a very sick and mad woman who has been scorned by her husband. Amy Dudley's cancer has spread and seems to be the cause of her paranoia. The reader doesn't know if this feeling is real or if it is just a dying woman's wild imagination.

As the story progresses we flash back to happier days when Robert Dud...more
Nicole
I really liked this book, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a history major and because I love the Tudors. (At least, I don't think I am). I really liked the premise that Purdy went for in this book, which is something that she does, she picks a topic that people ask questions about, but it hasn't widely been done before, like Lady Rochford-the woman who in essence killed Anne Boleyn or Amy Dudley, the wife of Robert Dudley who history mostly forgot.

I liked that Purdy made me feel somethi...more
Holly P
"Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.”- Niccolo Machiavelli

I can think of no other historical character that fits the above quote better than Robert Dudley and unfortunately it is his wife-Amy Robsart Dudley-who suffers the most because of it. What begins as a love match between the two quickly becomes an impediment for Robert who realizes his wife is not made for court life and she stands in the way of everything he hopes to g...more
Kate
I'm a huge fan of historical novels, especially those set in the Tudor era, but after reading The Tudor Wife/Venegance Is Mine by Emily Purdy (one of the worst books I've ever read) I didn't expect to enjoy this. I was looking for some new reading material and picked this up for about £3 in my local Tesco, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

The novel's blurb lead me to believe that the story was about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, but it actually focuses more...more
Christie
First sentence: "I told Kat to fetch a chair and be my dragon, to sit outside my bedchamber door and guard my lair after I was gone."

Amy Robsart and Robert Dudley were married after a whirlwind romance in their teens. Ten years later, Robert is infatuated with Elizabeth I and has hopes of being the king of England to her queen, there is only one small problem, he is still married to Amy although he has stopped seeing her as anything but a burden and an obstacle to his ambitions. Then one Septem...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
This is the tale of the classic, often-imagined love triangle between Robert and Amy Dudley and Elizabeth Tudor. The story opens on the much-speculated-upon morning of Amy’s death. The story alternates from Amy’s current point of view and her flashbacks and remembrances of her relationship with Robert and, of course, Elizabeth’s pragmatic point of view on the situation.

Throughout Amy’s story, I really sympathized with her as a cuckolded woman, unable to give up the cherished dreams she and Rober...more
Maria
I was fortunate enough to be able to read and review an earlier published book written by Brandy Purdy, The Tudor Throne. When I was asked to participate in the Virtual Book Tour for The Queen's Pleasure, I didn't hesitate to accept, and I wasn't disappointed!

Ms. Purdy writes with a painstaking attention to detail. I was able to easily envision the scenes, even to feel like I was there. The only drawback to this is that on occasion there was so much detail that it tended to make the story drag a...more
Shoshanah
I was so excited when the author of this book reached out to me and asked if I'd want a copy to read. I really enjoyed her last book, The Tudor Throne, so I couldn't wait to read another by her. It's funny going back to that post and reading that I wanted to see Elizabeth's story continue, because basically this is that. I do think that if I read the two closer together I would have enjoyed this more, because while parts of the story did come back to me, it did take a while.

My biggest complaint...more
V
I received this book as a part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

In Brandy Purdy's novel about the relationships of Robert Dudley with his wife, Amy, and Queen Elizabeth, the point of view alternates between the two women. While this provides a deep look into the characters, acquainting the reader with each woman's innermost thoughts, the two voices are quite similar -- both women seem to have the same voice. As the book progresses, having begun with Amy's death and then tracing the years th...more
Tracy
I was torn on how to rate this story. The writing itself was good, but ultimately there were too many things that detracted from my enjoyment.

First, I feel like the title and back cover blurb were misleading. It sounds as though you're getting a story of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley (which I find fascinating in all its fictitious forms)...when in reality 80% of the story is told by Amy Dudley, Robert's abandoned wife.

The middle of the story seemed to drag on entirely too long. Amy tries repeatedl...more
Meaghan
I really enjoyed this book! The blurb about this book is completely misleading though. This is not anything that I expected. It is not a story about Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. It is a book about Elizabeth I and Amy Robsart Dudley, the two women who loved Robert and were manipulated, used and abused by him.

The story is told in first person with the focus shifting between Elizabeth and Amy, with Amy taking the majority of the novel. I found the novel a bit hard to get through because I'd end...more
Nikki Bywater
The scandalous love triangle between Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and his wife Amy, makes interesting reading in this fascinating novel by Emily Purdy.

Set from the time that Elizabeth is imprisoned in the Tower of London accused of conspiring to steal the throne, by her half-sister Queen Mary and where her affair with Robert is said to have begun, through to her early reign on the throne as Queen of England and Amy’s mysterious death. This is a truly brilliant portrait of a significant time...more
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