The Virgin’s Lover

Publisher details

The Virgin's Lover
Author
Philippa Gregory
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Historical Fiction
Released
18 October, 2004

Synopsis

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. ‘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
Philippa Gregory
About the author

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country.A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing.She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.

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