By Jean Plaidy
Torn among her heart’s ardour and accountability to her state, a tender queen makes a depressing selection…
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was once the main robust guy in England through the reign of Elizabeth I. good-looking and shrewdpermanent, he drew the curiosity of many women—but it used to be Elizabeth herself that liked him better of all. Their dating may have culminated in marriage yet for the lifestyles of Amy Robsart, Robert's tragic younger spouse, who stood among them and refused to be swept away to meet a monarch’s wish for a guy that used to be no longer rightfully her personal. but if Amy without warning dies, below situations that many deem to be mysterious at most sensible, the Queen and her lover are put lower than a depressing cloud of suspicion, and Elizabeth is pressured to select that may outline her legacy.
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Extra resources for A Favorite of the Queen: The Story of Lord Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I (A Novel of the Tudors)
She was plump and pretty—a girl of Robert’s own age—and she had never seen anyone quite so dashing and handsome as this young man from Court circles. Amy was the youngest of the family and rather pampered by her father and her two half-brothers and two half-sisters, particularly since the death of her mother, which had occurred a short while before the Norfolk rising. Her brothers John and Philip, and her sisters Anne and Frances Appleyard, were not her father’s children; and Amy, being John Robsart’s only legitimate child, was also his heiress.
It may be now that he looks down from Heaven on you … his eldest son. It may be that he asks himself: What will my son do in this world? Will he rise as I did? Will he learn from my mistakes? Has he the fire within him which will make him a great man? ” John did not forget those words. He was determined to be as great a man as his father. In the games he played, he was always the leader. Already he was Jane’s hero. Sir Richard was pleased as he watched the growing affection between John Dudley and Jane Guildford.
He distinguished himself in the service of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who had married the King’s sister Mary. John came back from the battlefield Sir John Dudley. An important step forward had been taken. Quickly the years passed whilst ambition smoldered. Jane was fulfilling her task more successfully than John fulfilled his. She had given him four sons and three daughters; and she was about to bear another child. Jane remembered the day long afterward. She was happy enough in the garden of their Chelsea manor house with the river lapping at its edge.