Elizabeth & Leicester /
Sarah Gristwood.
London : Bantam, c2007.
407 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill.
0593056000 (hbk.), 9780593056004 (hbk.)
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London : Bantam, c2007.
0593056000 (hbk.)
9780593056004 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Quite simply one of the most enthralling history books I've ever read."Alison Weir "Gristwood disentangles the many myths and stories that have been spun about the life-long love and loyalty between the queen and her 'Sweet Robin.'"Daily Telegraph From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Guardian UK, May 2008
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A gripping account of one of history's most fascinating of alliancesthe love affair between Queen Elizabeth I and her political advisor and confident, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. No one knows quite when and where their relationship began though Leicester once said he'd known Elizabeth since she was eight years old. They shared an important commonality of experience both with a parent dead on the headsman's block, both imprisoned in the Tower just yards away. Within days of the death of her sister, Mary, he was at her side and within months, openly spoken of as her lover, even her future husband. Her relationship with her "bonnie sweet Robin" was one of the most important in the life of Elizabeth. For thirty years he loved her, advised her, understood her, sat by her bed in sickness, and represented her on state occasions. Yet, much of the fascination in their relationship comes from what is not on display: the sudden death some said murder of Leicester's wife, which damaged his reputation irretrievably; and Elizabeth's persistent refusal for ever afterwards to marry anybody at all. Not a conventional biography,Elizabeth & Leicesteris, rather, an intimate portrait of an affair between two people at a crucial moment in history.
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Her relationship with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was one of the most important in the life of Elizabeth I. This book presents an intimate portrait of an affair between two people at a crucial moment in history, of a relationship where, very unusually, a woman held all the power, and of a love that transcended the centuries.
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Extracts of letters from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester to Elizabeth I, Queen of England: 'Now for your person, being the most sacred and dainty thing we have in this world to care for, a man must tremble when he thinks of it ...' 'Her blasts be not the storms of other princes, though they be very sharp sometimes to those she loves best ...' 'Her majesty will make trial of me how much I love her ...'
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Few relationships fire our imagination like that of Elizabeth I and her 'bonnie sweet Robin' - The Earl of Leicester, Robert dudley. But it has been almost half a century since any book set out specifically to examine and disentangle the emotive, often contradictory facts about their lifelong love. They met - it's alleged - when both were imprisoned in the Tower of London. Soon after Elizabeth was queen came the scandalised letters from ambassadors of her infatuation with the married Robert Dudley - to be followed a mere two years later by the suspicious death of his wife Amy. Speculation ran for years that Elizabeth an Robert in their turn would marry. Instead, they developed a working partnership, and - an even more extraordinary intimacy - a bond of mutual dependence and affection. By the time Robert died he had been her councillor and commander of her army, sat by her bed in sickness and represented her on state occasions. But she had also humiliated him, made him dance attendance on her other suitors and tried to have him clapped in prison when finally he broke loose and married again. Riven by uncertainties, fuelled by scandal and intrigue, the relationship between a reigning queen and the most hated man in England could never be an easy one. Elizabeth and Leicester is a portrait - at times a startlingly intimate one - of an affair between two people at a crucial moment in history; of a relationship where, very unusually, a woman held all the power; of a love that transcended the centuries, and still speaks to us today.

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