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The Queen's Pleasure

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  540 Ratings  ·  66 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 ...more
Paperback, 469 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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Laura Beth It's fairly graphic towards the end concerning the earliest treatments for breast cancer. Even though I already knew about them, I flinched away from…moreIt's fairly graphic towards the end concerning the earliest treatments for breast cancer. Even though I already knew about them, I flinched away from some of the descriptions. The heroine may not be the best role model for a young girl - but it's pretty accurate about a love affair/marriage gone off the tracks. Depends on how mature she is. It's not a love story.(less)

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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
Jul 01, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it
* 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
Mar 13, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Siobian rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Was it murder or suicide or even an accident? Did Robert Dudley murder his 1st wife or order her murdered? Did Amy Robsart Dudley choose suicide as a release from the terrors of breast cancer and her torturous marriage to Robert Dudley? I chose this book to know more of the facts and to imagine the emotions had by Amy and Elizabeth the 1st.

Brandy Purdy’s “The Queen’s Pleasure” captured me in the beginning pages and did not let go until the end of the Epilogue. The Epilogue was my favorite part.
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
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 ...more
Sarah Wagner
Jul 28, 2012 Sarah Wagner rated it it was ok
*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
Jul 29, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: tudor-shelf
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
Jul 10, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
Fiona Pullen
An interesting story about Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley and his relationship with both her and Queen Elizabeth I. I liked the way it was told from both Amy and Elizabeth's view points.

However I found the writing style a bit difficult to get into, the author is very over descriptive and it distracts from the flow of the story.
Sep 29, 2012 Mariely rated it it was amazing
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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
Holly P
Jun 13, 2013 Holly P rated it really liked it
"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
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 21, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 26, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2012 Shoshanah rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Michelle (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
Jun 22, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
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
Allison  Macias
Jun 19, 2012 Allison Macias rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.4 stars.

Interesting take on the romance between Queen Elizabeth I & Robert Dudley, told mostly from the POV of Amy Robsart Dudley, Robert's wife, although various chapters switch to Elizabeth's POV. As a fan of historical fiction, I enjoyed finding out more about Amy (there doesn't seem to be a lot written about her, & this was the first I'd heard about her mysterious death). Elizabeth comes across a bit warmer than she often does in books, but if you're a fan of Robert Dudley, be warn
Aug 14, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
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
I'm torn between a 2.5 and 3 star rating for this one! 'A Court Affair' was a story of the life and death of Amy Dudley, the long suffering, neglected wife of Lord Robert Dudley (the man who, according to rumour, was Queen Elizabeth I's lover!). Amy Dudley's suspicious and scandalous death has been a topic for discussion for ages - was it suicide, accident or murder? I thought the premise of the book was really interesting - I think giving Amy a voice and a chance to tell her story was a great ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Aug 01, 2012 Cynthia Mcarthur rated it really liked it
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
Jan 02, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2012 V rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, first-reads
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
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