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The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
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Nov 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: books-about-england, historical-fiction
Recommended for: everyone
Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Sounds trashy, but it's not - it is a continuation of Gregory's series of books on Tudor England.

Interesting book about Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth I, as she assumes the throne of England after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary. During the early years of her reign, Elizabeth's advisers searched for a suitable husband for her but she wanted nothing to do with them. Instead she falls in love with Robert Dudley who is a married man. The book splits between Elizabeth's story and Amy Dudley's story (Robert's wife). As the fate of the country spirals downward, Elizabeth is blamed and disliked. When Robert and Elizabeth are secretly engaged, the gossip becomes even worse. Elizabeth is told by her most trusted adviser, Cecil, that she must either give up Robert or lose her throne forever. Of course, she chooses the throne and Robert is thrown into suspicion over the untimely death of his wife. Robert of course is ruined and Elizabeth kept her throne - however in the historical notes at the end of the book it seemed they continued to love each other from afar as Elizabeth died with his letter at her side.

I love historical fiction and Phillpa Gregory always seem to be well-researched. Interesting book based on history!

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