Their affair is the scandal of Europe…Queen Elizabeth cannot resist her dashing but married Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley. Many believe them to be lovers. The formidable young Queen is regarded by most as a bastard and a heretic, yet many seek her hand in marriage.
Desperately insecure, Elizabeth embarks on a perilous balancing act, using sex and high-powered diplomacy to play what becomes known as The Marriage Game.
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Good history; weak characterisation
Not her best
Yes. Ms Weir is a respected and clever historian. I have many of her previous books.
Of course. For the reasons stated above. I often relisten to her work as her knowlege of the Tudor period is excellent
Yes and no - I wasn't that impressed with her interpretation of Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester and her performance of the Spanish ambassador at the time of Elizabeth I left me cold.
I don't think I'd remove any of them - they all played a part in the story as it unfolded so they are all important.
As mentioned, I've listened to many of Ms. Weir's work and enjoyed the fact that they are all produced as a result of her own research from records and information available from the time she is writing about. She is a well respected historian and I don't really understand why she has gone down this route at all. The story in itself in fascinating enough - don't really get why she felt she had to for the want of a better word 'fictionalise' it or persue in such detail the sexual side of Elizabeth's relationship with Dudley.
- Roslyn Adams