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The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
  

The Virgin's Lover

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Based on fact but infused with Gregory's own take on history, this is an inspiring and sumptuous novel with Elizabeth I at centre stage. It's full of romance, scheming, intrigue and passion with Robert Dudley a key player in Elizabeth's game of lust despite the fact that of course he was married to someone who, like Elizabeth was no pushover. The characters are well drawn and the storyline spot on.

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Synopsis

The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory

Elizabeth I has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that a young woman cannot form political judgements. Elizabeth feels that she can rely on just one man: her oldest friend, Robert Dudley. It is soon plain that he is more than merely a friend.

In a house in the countryside waits a very different woman, Amy Robsart – Robert’s wife. She has no taste for life at court and longs for the day when her husband will return home. She has loved him since she was a girl, but now they are adults she hardly sees him.

Meanwhile, the pressure grows for Elizabeth to marry, for it is unthinkable that a queen should rule on her own. Elizabeth’s preference is clear, but he is unavailable. But what if the unthinkable were to happen…

Philippa Gregory blends passion, personalities and politics in this stunning novel of the Tudor court and a country divided.

Reviews

Praise for The Virgin's Lover: 'A book to lose yourself in...a simmering mixture of intrigue, lust and betrayal at the court of Elizabeth I, it breathes new life into the suspected love affair between the young queen and Robert Dudley
Daily Mail

'Convincing and entertaining'
Daily Telegraph

'An enjoyable read, and Gregory's energetic writing carries one along'
Sunday Telegraph

'Gregory's success lies in restoring humanity to her historical figures'
Daily Mail

'Gregory is one of the best chroniclers of the ups and downs of the turbulent Tudors...This superbly plotted drama unfolds like an exquisitely embroidered Tudor ruff'
Sainsbury

's Magazine'


About the Author

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. Her most recent novel is Three Sisters, Three Queens. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds an honorary degree from Teesside University, and is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff. Philippa welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com.

In 2016 she was the winner of the HWA Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award.

Photograph © copyright Sven Arnstein

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Publication date

25th April 2005

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Philippa Gregory

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007147311

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