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The Queen's Pleasure

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  683 ratings  ·  79 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 Publishing Corporation (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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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 Dudleys ill-fated wife, Amy Robsart. Her death whether from breast cancer, suicide, or murderis one of my favorite unsolved mysteries. Brandy Purdy explores this love triangle in The Queens Pleasure.

The first 200 pages of The Queens Pleasure are told through Amys eyes alternating chapters between the day of her death and of her memories of
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Rachel Robins
Jul 01, 2012 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
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Novelle Novels
3 out of 5 stars
This is the story of the love affair between Robert Dudley and Elizabeth 1 told mainly on the side of Roberts wife Amy. When I read the book I thought it would be told purely by Elizabeth so I was shocked that most of the chapters were about Amy and how she gets breast cancer. We start off at Amys funeral and we discover how much Elizabeth regrets the pain she caused Amy then we go back to the start where Amy meets Robert and they fall in love. Very early on Robert shows signs of
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Margaret
Interesting look at one of history's most notorious love triangles: Amy Robsart Dudley, Robert Dudley, and Elizabeth I.

Told in the first person switching between Amy and Elizabeth, the book is an interesting take on the situation.

Heavy on the romance, so buyer beware.

Well worth a read.
Cher
3 stars - It was good.

A unique perspective due to the focus on Amy Robsart, which was detracted by poor word choice at times, such as pierced by his fleshly sword. I also didnt like the inconsistency of how Amys character was painted - she ran her fathers farm which was uncharacteristically independent and clever for women back in the day, yet with Robert she was a whimpering little thing that was willfully ignorant and unwilling to stand up for herself. But again, overall it was still a good
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Siobian
Mar 23, 2012 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
Sarah Wagner
Jul 18, 2012 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
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Amanda
Mar 10, 2012 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
Helen Drake
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This historical fiction provides further insight into the love triangle between Amy Robsart Dudley, Robert Dudley, and Queen Elizabeth I. It is told from the point of view of both Amy and Elizabeth. My main complaint about the book is that it is too long and too repetitive in the telling of how mean Robert was to Amy. It also took too long to get to Elizabeth's point of view. I was getting so discouraged by the way Amy was treated that I almost quit reading this book several times.
Natasa
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The story itself is a page turner, it is captivating. I love historical fiction from the Tudor times and I was not disappointed. This gives a great twist to the Elizabeth/Robert/Amy story. Letting us into the characters heads to see and feel the joy, hope, love, despair, and eventual demise.
Amber
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

The Queens Pleasure is the long-suffering Amy Robsart Dudleys story, the ill-treated and oft forgotten country heiress wife to the highly ambitious Lord Robert Dudley. When Amy, the squires daughter and Robert, a traitors 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 Amys love remains steadfast, Roberts ardor cools and he returns to
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Lori
Sep 02, 2012 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
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Carol
Jun 09, 2012 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 Purdys The Queens Pleasure captured me in the beginning pages and did not let go until the end of the Epilogue. The Epilogue was my favorite part. My
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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 familys 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, Roberts ambition grows and so does his resentment towards his marriage to Amy. Robertss 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
Gayle
Jul 08, 2012 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
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Melissa
Jul 02, 2012 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
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Terelyn Marks
Story of Amy Robsart, the wife of Robert Dudley. It paints a very negative picture of Robert -- they were married at age 17 and he very quickly realized that his ambitions did not include a shy, country-bred wife. As soon as he managed to spend her entire dowry and inheritance, he wanted to be rid of her so he could pursue and marry Elizabeth. He mistreated Amy and tried to manipulate Elizabeth into marriage and the crown (for him). Ultimately, it was Amy's death (still a mystery exactly how she ...more
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.
Mariely
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Mallory Gillespie
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Justice for Amy Robsart. Even though this is historical fiction you always wonder if he did hire someone to kill her or she committed suicide. Not only that if Robert Dudley would of been considered emotional abusive husband in this day and age.
Amy  McElroy
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this down. Although it is fiction I love the tudor era and it was really interesting to read this well known story from the viewpoint of Amy Dudley.
Tracy Hall
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very disappointed. To much back and forth between Alice and Robert, barley any by Elizabeth.
Brandy Manuel
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
couldn't get into it. the first 20% of the book is her complaining about how her husband loved her and left her
Hannah
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it

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Nichola
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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
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Holly P
May 24, 2012 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
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Elaine
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The earl of Leicester, Elizabeth 1 favorite is portrayed as cruel and selfish. Amy, his first wife dies in a mysterious accident.

Interesting facts from this book:
Jane is known as "the Nine Day Queen" Born at Bradgate, Leicester.
Lady Frances, mother of Jane, was the eldest daughter of King Henry VIII's younger sister, Mary. Jane had two younger sisters, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary; through their mother, the three sisters were great-granddaughters of Henry VII, grandnieces of Henry VIII, and
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Kathleen Kelly
Jun 10, 2012 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
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