This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... IX. THE KENILWORTH FESTIVITIES. THE only great true fairy tale of Elizabeth's reign was that which was chanted in many parts at the wonderful entertainment given to her in 1575 by her most magnificent and ambitious subject. In preparation for this he had planned, that during her Summer Progress her visit to him should excel those paid by her to any of her other subjects, as the grandeur of a sovereign excels that of his people, as the glory of the day puts out of consideration those of the night. To aid his designs, music and poetry became inspired, the powers of nature and of art were taxed, the linings of his coffers were scattered far and wide ungrudgingly. For his was a great quest to create a story of romance--how a Lord wooed a Queen. He had hitherto played high to attain his object, but he now played his highest, desperately, for he was determined to reach certainty. He was not even yet hopeless. If the progress of the suns had somewhat marred her beauties, she did not know it, and he did not greatly mind. Time had not aged her feelings, the one real love of her life still held sway in her heart, in spite of occasional disagreements, displeasures, discontents, and jealousies. She had forgotten or forgiven the mysterious death of Amy Robsart; she did not know of his secret marriage to Lady Sheffield (whom he afterwards disowned along with his son and hers, Robert Dudley). She had not yet heard of his intrigue with the Countess of Essex even then, while her husband was away serving his Queen in Ireland. Robert Dudley, twin sharer in Elizabeth's royal horoscope, was willing to barter all his secret loves for the place and power that a union with her would bring to him. He understood her well. He had to create glamour. He had to exert all his love sp...
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