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The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
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Jun 02, 2011

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I am a fan of Philippa Gregory's books and have been reading them in historical order. I found this one to be a little better than The Queen's Fool, but still somewhat lacking. It seemed a bit too much like a romance novel and while Elizabeth was given the appearance of being weak, I think it was more that she was egocentric like her father and mother. She needed a constant supply of adoration, which is where Robert Dudley came in.

I did some web research on the Dudley family and the Tudors after reading this book. The common school of thought is that Robert Dudley was "Machiavellian" in his manipulation of Elizabeth. The end of this book was handled quite well and is apparently one of several plots hotly debated to this day.

The story, as with all of the author's stories of the Tudors, is quite fascinating. I am ready to read the next one in the series.

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