Sumptuous historical novel from bestselling author of THE OTHER
BOLEYN GIRL and THE QUEEN'S FOOL 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.