In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the peal of bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen.
Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is normal and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisor, William Cecil, warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the irresistible, ambitious Robert Dudley.
Only Robert truly revels in the opportunities of the new reign. He knows he can reclaim his destiny at Elizabeth's side. Elizabeth cannot resist his courtship, and as the young couple slowly falls in love, Robert starts to think the impossible: can he set aside his wife and marry the young queen?
Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.
©2004 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
"Jolly good fun." (Entertainment Weekly)
"[E]xpertly crafted.... readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales... will be enthralled." (Publishers Weekly)
"No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court." (Romantic Times)
I have enjoyed many of this author's books because of the interesting historical settings and strong female protagonists. This one has no such lead character, the story is boring and the writing is about a fifth grade level. I do not read pure romance novels but this one surely would fit that category. I have listened to a quarter of it and wont be listening anymore. Very disappointing.
The sample on Audible did not include the voice of the narrator of the book - only a brief summary of the book read by a man
Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover...
definitely not a favorite, in the Philippa Gregory books /series. Really disappointing.
While the books previous to The Virgins Lover pulled me along, this was slow to start. I put it down for many weeks. The end was abrupt. while not my favorite book thus far, Philippa Gregory is a wonderful writer and I'm moving onto the next book.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
The Virgin's Lover is number six of The Tudor Court Series. The previous five volumes I have thoroughly enjoyed. I found this volume quite different. It really did not 'slide in' with the rest however I did enjoy it none the less.
It was indeed a battle of power between a Queen and a King 'wanna a be'. As we all know Elizabeth I had no intention of sharing her crown. I wonder whether she might have reconsidered this if there had been Morganatic marriage in Tudor times. On second thoughts I doubt it!
A jolly good read.
Costume drama queen
I found the story irritating at times. I don't know that Elizabeth would have stood to be ordered around by Dudley as has been portrayed in the book. I realize it was early in her reign, but for her to allow him to speak to her as though she were a servant? I just can't see it.
I think Phillipa forgot what she wrote about in the previous book The Queens Fool. No continuity from one to another. Elizabeth was a methodical aggressive women in the Queens Fool and then in this book Elizabeth is more like a whimpering insecure ninny. The same thing with Ann Dudley. A totally different character from one book to another. Also the narration was terrible. Hard to follow from what one person is saying to another. The story is weak. No depth and no historical details provided. I could not finish the book. I've read every book up until this point and they've all been great until now.
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