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The Virgin's Lover
by Philippa Gregory


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Historical fiction is always a treat with Phillipa Gregory. She takes a well known story and presents it from another point of view. This story is told by the wife of Queen Elizabeth I's lover. It is a fantastic summer read.
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Overview
What We're Reading Now:
Historical fiction is always a treat with Phillipa Gregory. She takes a well known story and presents it from another point of view. This story is told by the wife of Queen Elizabeth I's lover. It is a fantastic summer read.
Ricki Overdorf, Sales Books Specialist
Blending historical fact with contemporary rumor, the bestselling author of "The Queen's Fool" creates a dark and tense novel of Tudor times, which casts Elizabeth I in a light no one has suggested before. Passionate, fearful, emotionally needy, this is a queen who rules over a feverishly plotting, pleasure-seeking court.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743256155
  • ISBN-10: 0743256158
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books
  • Publish Date: November 2004
  • Page Count: 448
  • Dimensions: 9.66 x 6.62 x 1.39 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.61 pounds

Series: Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

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Holding court in deadly olde England

The power of the throne wields an exacting price for all within the sphere of its influence—courtiers, counselors, bishops alike—in Philippa Gregory's robust historical novel, The Virgin's Lover. When Elizabeth I becomes queen, Robert Dudley convinces himself that he can juggle two lives—as loving husband of Amy and as willing lover of Elizabeth. He and the new ruler have been friends since childhood, a friendship that even the taint of scandal has not diminished, so Dudley takes his place in the Tudor court as his due. But Elizabeth may no longer be the innocent girl Dudley reveres. Tempered by threats of war and the heightened tension between Protestants and loyal Catholic bishops, the court becomes a place of danger both epic and personal. But it is the untimely and mysterious death of Amy that rips apart Dudley's carefully contrived charade. Gregory has constructed a fascinating speculative history of the age of the first Elizabeth. While steeped in history, The Virgin's Lover highlights the foibles of human nature that still ring true today. A sure winner.

Sandy Huseby reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

 
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