The Queen's Favourite


      The Queen's Favourite
Robert Dudley is born into a family stained by treason His father, John Dudley, saw his own father executed by Henry VIII when he ascended the throne, and suffered ignominy and obscurity as a result But John is determined to rise high and see his family restored to its former glorious position He places his sons in the Royal Household, and Robert spends his childhood years at the Royal Court, as playmate to King Henry s children, Prince Edward and the Lady Elizabeth Robert sees his father gain power and influence, becoming the young King Edward VI s most important courtier But when John tries to make his daughter in law, Lady Jane Grey, queen,the Catholic Mary Tudor proves she has the support of the people, and John is forced to renounce Jane and proclaim Mary queen For their part in the Nine Days Queen affair, John and his sons are imprisoned in the Tower of London, to await trial and probable execution Forced to admit that he erred in his belief in the New Religion, Protestantism, John, along with his son, Guildford who married Jane Grey, are executed, having their heads cut off on Tower Hill One brother dies of illness, and Queen Mary shows mercy and releases the remaining three brothers Robert becomes desperate to restore the family s name and fortune, and persuades his brothers to join Queen Mary s husband, King Philip of Spain, in a war against the French In France, the youngest Dudley brother, Henry, is killed, but Robert is mentioned in despatches as having fought valiantly, and the taint of attainder is removed from the Dudley family name The Dudleys are not considered traitors any longer But Robert is still not wanted at court, and he is forced to leave London and settle down with his wife, Amy Robsart, in Norfolk But he soon grows tired of both the country and his wife, and hopes one day to be able to return to the court His chance comes when Queen Mary dies and Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen Abandoning his wife, Robert rushes to her side Elizabeth soon falls in love with Robert, and sordid rumours spread throughout Europe about their relationship, made worse when Robert s wife dies in mysterious circumstances, and he is suspected of having her murdered Exiled from the court, Robert has to wait in the country for the coroner s court to return a verdict of Accidental Death before Elizabeth allows him to return to her Robert is now a free man, but Elizabeth, ever fearful of relinquishing her power, and haunted by the beheadings of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and her stepmother, Katherine Howard, will not agree to marry him, while jealously keeping him by her side But Robert keeps hoping, and with his heart set on becoming king, he is forced to live a double life, keeping his mistress and illegitimate son secret to avoid Elizabeth s wrath Until he falls in love with Elizabeth s cousin, the pretty and seductive, Lettice Lettice demands marriage when she becomes pregnant, and Robert, tired of waiting for Elizabeth and wanting an heir to carry on the Dudley name, agrees Meanwhile, his growing reputation as politician and staunch Protestant, means that Europe looks to him to solve their religious and territorial problems Ever eager to improve his reputation and to prove that he is than Elizabeth s favourite, he launches himself into war in the Netherlands, and is finally offered the governorship of the Dutch, making him a king in all but name He accepts the Dutch offer but when Elizabeth hears of it, she is furious and insists that he renounce the title Robert is forced to make a humiliating exit He returns to England, disappointed and broken in body Forced to become a soldier again when the Spanish launch their Armada, Robert is too ill to celebrate the English victory and dies en route to taking the spa waters at Buxton When Elizabeth hears the news, she looks herself away in her room to grieve alone. New Download Books The Queen's Favourite by Laura Dowers – tbjewellers.co.uk

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 447 pages
  • The Queen's Favourite
  • Laura Dowers
  • English
  • 20 February 2019

10 thoughts on “ The Queen's Favourite

  1. says:

    The Queen s HeartWhether you like Robert or not, he played a huge role in Queen Elizabeth s life Much like a husband, Robert was always there for the Queen, if not physically then certainly emotionally I enjoyed Dowers take on Robert from his time in the tower with Elizabeth, the death of his father and brothers which would lay a stain on the Dudley name for treason Reason for many people in power and lower to hate the Queen s Favorite I enjoyed seeing a complex human who was ambitious but The Queen s HeartWhether you like Robert or not, he played a huge role in Queen Elizabeth s life Much like a husband, Robert was always there for the Queen, if not physically then certainly emotionally I enjoyed Dowers take on Robert from his time in the tower with Elizabeth, the death of his father and brothers which would lay a stain on the Dudley name for treason Reason for many ...

  2. says:

    The Many Sides of Robert DudleyThe Earl of Leicester, Elizabeth Tudor s childhood friend, paramour and lifelong companion, comes to life as do other members of his disgraced family in this compelling novel of the dawn and later years of the reign of Elizabeth I This novel, which...

  3. says:

    Great story I ve always loved reading about Elizabeth I I ve always wondered about Robert Dudley and will forever picture him looking like Clive Owen but this book was a great telling of his life and what it might have been like being the favorite of the demanding Virgin Queen.

  4. says:

    Robert Dudley The inside story The Queen s muse Robert Dudley spends way too much time dreaming of a life and wishing that the Queen would marry him That dream is stomped on over and over again by the Queen but a guy can DREAM can t he

  5. says:

    Very informative this book remains clsoe to the truth as we know about Robert Dudley and the Virgin Queen What disturbed me somewhat is how the author jumped from one subject to another in the same chapter no smooth transition Otherwise, the book is a good read.

  6. says:

    Great telling of Robert Dudley s storyI have read a great deal about Elizabeth I and am familiar with the story This book is a lively recounting of the story of her relationship with Robert Dudley I recommend it.

  7. says:

    Love it I love reading anecdotes and stories of Queen Elizabeth and her devoted courtiers I just can t get enough of these novels.

  8. says:

    I ve read my share of royal historical fiction, most of it very good, and I thought Ms Dowers was also very good The writing style is somewhat different than other writers in this category but that s not a bad thing There wascharacter dialogue than normal but again I think it made for aentertaining read After all this is fiction, no one knows for sure what words were spoken when Elizabeth was alone with Dudley No one knows who, if anyone, pushed Amy Dudley down those stairs I a I ve read my share of royal historical fiction, most of it very good, and I thought Ms Dowers was also very good The writing style is somewhat different than other writers in this category but that s not a bad thing There wascharacter dialogue than normal but again I think it made for aentertaining read After all this is fiction, no one knows for sure what words were spoken when Elizabeth was alone with Dudley No one knows who, if anyone, ...

  9. says:

    Excellent read No lengthy and useless descriptions Just the essential, the action, the facts, the dialogues, and everything is clear For example, when a battle during a war is the subject, Ms Dowers chooses to write a couple of paragraphs on the last vision of the battlefield where devastation says everything No need to go through all the details of the fight to feel its force Same thing for Elizabeth s coronation No lengthy description of the ceremony, just a scene seizing the freshly mad Excellent read No lengthy and useless descriptions Just the essential, the action, the facts, the dialogues, and everything is clear For...

  10. says:

    Interesting approach to an historical novel The story is largely revealed through dialogue, as opposed to omniscient, third person narration I found some of her conjectures as to Queen Elizabeth s motives and behavior to be both supported by history and a pla...

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