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The Favourite Ralegh and His Queen by Mathew Lyons

The Favourite Ralegh and His Queen

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The Favourite Ralegh and His Queen by Mathew Lyons

In The Favourite, Mathew Lyons strips away the myth - and the self-mythologising - to find Sir Walter Ralegh in the one role in which his contemporaries knew him best: the courtier who could win the attention - and the heart - of Elizabeth I, while also being the 'most hated man in England'. Using first-hand accounts, Lyons uncovers the maze of ambition, desire and amorality in which Ralegh lived before he rose to fame - a brutal Elizabethan world riven with crime and corruption and riddled with traitors and spies.


Contains some excellent history-writing. * * A magnificent job of unpicking the machinations of Elizabeth's court and presents a fresh insight into the turbulent world of Tudor England. * Good Book Guide * Very entertaining. * The Herald. * A well researched and meticulously detailed biography * New Books * Lyons has a magical turn of phrase that compels the reader to turn the pages to find out what happens next... -- Susan Ronald, author of Elizabeth, Queen of Pirates Wonderful. Elegant and intriguing - a seductive portrait of a fascinating relationship. I couldn't put it down. -- Helen Castor, author of The She-Wolves

About the Author

Mathew Lyons is the author of the highly acclaimed Impossible Journeys and In the Footsteps of J R R Tolkien.

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Publication date

1st June 2012


Mathew Lyons

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Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


416 pages


Biography: historical, political & military

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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