Elizabeth and Leicester: The Truth about the Virgin Queen and the Man She Loved

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Penguin, Oct 28, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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View our feature on Sarah Gristwood’s Elizabeth & Leicester.Though the story has been told on film—and whispered in historic gossip—this is the first book in almost fifty years to solely explore the great queen’s attachment to her beloved Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Fueled by scandal and intrigue, their relationship set the explosive connection between public and private life in sixteenth-century England in bold relief. Why did they never marry? How much of what seemed a passionate obsession was actually political convenience? Elizabeth and Leicester reignites this 400- year-old love story in a book for anyone interested in Elizabethan literature.

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

A good look at the Elizabeth and Robert Dudley relationship. Gristwood does a good job of tracing the relationship through its various phases, even though the evidence is thin for their early years ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarahursula - LibraryThing

Queen Elizabeth I’s affection for Robert Dudley is the subject of Sarah Gristwood’s wonderful joint biography. She sifts sources and accounts and it really does feel as though she gets as close as ... Read full review


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Sarah Gristwood is an Oxford-trained historian who has worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women's issues. She was a regular contributor to the Times, Guardian, Independent, and Evening Standard.

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