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Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Elizabethan golden age was peopled by a court of flamboyant and devoted men - each one unique, ambitious and talented. At its centre was a woman, Elizabeth, the Tudor princess who succeeded to the throne of England in 1558 and who vowed to her Parliament to remain unwed and a Virgin Queen for the rest of her life. How did such a diverse group of red-blooded men view th ...more
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Published (first published July 2014)
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Natalie Grueninger
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved Robert Parry’s novels ‘Virgin & the Crab’ and ‘The Arrow Chest’, I could not wait to get my hands on Parry’s latest book ‘Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her.’
As the title suggests, the book is a series of short biographies of some of Elizabeth’s favoured courtiers and advisers, including Thomas Seymour, Robert Dudley, John Dee, Christopher Hatton, William Cecil and Robert Devereux. At the completion of each ‘biographical sketch’, Parry rates each man’s a
Michelle Stockard Miller
There are a few authors that I count among my favorites in the historical fiction genre and this author is one of them. He has a unique voice in the genre and his books always tell their stories in an interesting and engaging way. In this slim volume, he incorporates fiction alongside non-fiction seamlessly. And he has brought us full circle back to the subject of his excellent novel, Virgin and the Crab...his beloved Elizabeth I.

I think I hearken a kind of kinship with this author due to our mu
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A unique mixture of fact and fiction, this volume contains 14 short chapters on Queen Elizabeth I’s relationships with the various men in her life—from her cold and distant father to her trusted councilors and, of course, the well-documented round of suitors. While some chapters give a brief history and descriptions of life at court, others are dedicated to a character, including a bio as well as a vignette. These fictionalized short stories display an insightful scene between the Queen and the ...more
Valerie Christie
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely little book, which looks at the relationships between Queen Elizabeth I and some of the men in her life. It is presented as a series of lectures that took place some years ago over the course of a weekend at an Elizabethan mansion, which the author attended. For each of the men, there is a short biography, followed by a vignette. Each of the men is also given a Tudor Rose rating (marked out of five). I really enjoyed reading this book. The biographies were informative, the vigne ...more
Charla Wilson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
England's most fascinating Queen

The Virgin Queen Elizabeth's story is more interesting to me than her father's story. But, the telling of her story is long and complicated, especially if all of the major players are included. But, this book manages to condense all of the important people and their roles in Elizabeth's life and reign into an easy to read, enjoyable story that you won't want to put down. By getting to know the men in Elizabeth's life, you gain an understanding of Elizabeth that I
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first got this book in the mail, I thought that the cover was beautiful. It is has a velvet finish and the colors in Elizabeth's clothing are vibrant and lively. They say, “never judge a book by it's cover,” but this particular cover makes me want to open the book almost immediately. I would have to say that the inside definitely matches the outside. The book is thin, but packs a powerful punch. If one wants to know anything about Elizabeth, but doesn't want to spend hours and hours readi ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Read my full review here...
Sarah Bryson
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will happily admit that from the first sentence of Parry’s book I was absolutely hooked. Parry weaves an utterly fascinating tale which follows the life and adventures of astronomer John Dee.
Parry sets his story during the reign of Queen Mary I and through the character of Dee we learn about the comings and goings of the major players throughout this period in history.

Dee himself is a fascinating character, a man of a thousand disguises who seems to be able to slip in and out of places unnoti
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very unique book and unlike any that I have read on the subject of Elizabeth I, which for me to say something like that doesn't happen often! It is an interesting format, too. The author in the preface explains that he took part in a residential retreat which provided lectures regarding the men in Elizabeth I's life. The author, who was proficient at shorthand, was able to record the lectures and has recreated them here in this book.

Many of the men who were part of Elizabeth I's life
This slim volume based on a series of lectures is a delightful series of biographical sketches, fictional "Vignettes" based on those sketches and commentary. Easy to read in one sitting, yet with enough information to make it a useful addition to my Tudor book shelf. Thank you, Good Reads, for this giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. The book was written from a 3-day lecture that included a series of short biographical sketches on the men in Elizabeth's life with some fictional vignettes thrown in. Very light, nothing heavy. ...more
Joanne Overton
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and it filled many blanks from other Tudor historical fiction

I enjoyed further information on the people associated with Queen Elizabeth I. I still want more. I really liked the portraits.
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of adult historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, romance and magical realism. Publications to date:

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