Arbella: England's Lost Queen

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 450 pages
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In this U.K. bestseller, Lady Arbella Stuart emerges as a most contemporary royal, a young woman determined to shape her own destiny in the midst of her plot-ridden world.

Arbella was niece to Mary Queen of Scots and cousin to Elizabeth I — who indicated that the teenage Arbella was to be heir to her throne. A critical pawn in the struggle for succession, particularly during the long, tense period when Elizabeth lay dying, the young Arbella endured twenty-seven years of isolation at the grand Hardwick Hall, held by her scheming and powerful grandmother.

The accession of James I, Arbella’s first cousin, ended the young woman’s royal aspirations but thrust her into James’s licentious court. Then, at age thirty-five, she risked everything to make a forbidden marriage. An escape in disguise, a wild flight abroad, and capture at sea led in the end to an agonizing death in the Tower. Yet nothing is as remarkable as the almost modern freedom with which, in a series of extraordinary letters — more passionate and extensive than those of any other woman of this suffocating age — Arbella Stuart revealed her own compelling personality.
  

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User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

Very interesting and well researched, but the writing style kind of annoyed me... the author uses "ironically" every few pages, about things that are not actually ironic. But still a very interesting book about someone that I knew next to nothing about. Read full review

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User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

Arbella is an excellent reading adjunct to mainstream Tudor-Stuart characters, especially after exhausting other material and craving more of the genre. For anyone fascinated by such royal genealogies ... Read full review

Contents

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Most renowned stock
21
Good lady grandmother
34
Little Lady Favour
47
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57
Courtdazzled eyes
70
Exile with expectation
78
Slanderous and unlikely surmise
89
A confusion of imbassages
223
My estate being so uncertain
236
To live safe
245
161O1615
267
Your faithful loving wife
279
A poor distressed gentlewoman
290
To break prison and make escape
299
A spectacle of his Majestys displeasure
309

The disabling of Arbella
99
This my prison
110
They are dead whom I loved
118
Helping myself in this distress
126
Januaryftpril 16O3
139
A mind distracted
154
So wilfully bent
163
A scribbling melancholy
173
Disorderly attempts
180
That strange outlandish word change
187
My orin rioman? 16O3161O
199
Much spoken of
211
A bird in a cage
317
The most wretched and unfortunate creature
329
Far out of frame
335
I dare to die
346
Epilogue
355
One Morley
369
Arbella and porphyria
375
Places and portraits
381
Source notes
397
Select bibliography
432
Picture acknowledgments
439
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About the author (2003)

Sarah Gristwood is an Oxford-trained historian, journalist, and broadcaster.

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