One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. This was another great read in the Tudor series! Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. I love just about anything to do with Queen Elizabeth I, and a historical novel of her romance with Robert Dudley was intriguing, to say the least. It was always too heavy on the romance for my personal tastes. I literally did not have one character to root for. This book absolutely enraged me.
It bothers me that, rather than relying on the historical record, Gregory chose to portray Robsart as poorly educated, flaky and with no money of her own in order to make her seem more dependent on those that surrounded her. Not only was she another very passive character Gregory really seems to favour passive heroines in her novels , but she was whiny, clingy, needy, stupid, and extremely high maintenance. Her past two books have just not been quite up to par with her first one. Here we're punished with Gregory's weasely Dudley and spineless Elizabeth, two characters so off-putting that I could hardly muster the concern to keep reading, though of course I did because I'm for some reason incapable of abandoning a book. As the young couple falls back in love, a question hangs in the air: can he really set aside his wife and marry the queen? Also, I'm suspecting she wanted the reader to have read the first two books before this one, and remembered them because there was no family tree or character guide in the front of the book. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
I read many of the other reviews. Unfortunately, the only love Dudley's seeking is the Queen's. As an informal confidant of Sir Robert Cecil, adviser to King James I, he witnesses the making of history, from the Gunpowder Plot to the accession of King Charles I and the growing animosity between Parliament and court. About this Item: Atria Books. All in all, it is a wonderful book, and I for one look forward to reading more of Philippa Gregory's writing. I thought Robert Dudley was a terribly selfish man who made me want to tear my hair out. I learn from them, even though they are fiction.
Moreover, although she had many viable and powerful suitors — the only one she wants is the married commoner Robert because he is a handsome married man who was doted upon by all of the female courtiers and therefore the most eligible man who could appeal to her vanity. My Review I think this is another case of too much hype swirling around the book before I got to read listen to it. This was my 1st one and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. Amy Dudley is presented as a dullard and Robert Dudley veers from romantic hero to ambitious bastard. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
The book started out slow for me, and I never really got into it. At least you have a man to make your decisions for you! Due to this we have a lot of political strategy discussed mainly about the French invading and men sitting around discussing things. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. It also bothered me that none of the female protagonists in this book seem remotely capable of standing on their own two feet. Although I am willing to accept a great deal of leeway in fiction, this seemed over the top to me.
Philippa is a former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University. The novel was weak at best. The characters are flat, largely irritating, and they never develop. Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells. She actually wrings her hands. In certain ways, she was ruthless. Personally, I wanted to shake her.
She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country. The historical record shows that she was well-educated and there are letters that were preserved written in her own hand. In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen, yet one woman hears the tidings with utter dread. This was such a volatile time to live in England, where money was worth nothing, worshipping was dangerous and the walls had ears. This book flies in the face of history, reason and human nature. I found the back and forth between Dudley and wife Amy to get old fast.
Was Gregory's success a fluke? Another problem I had with this book is the characters and the fact that I did not really like any of them. I read many of the other reviews. It's more about Dudley, and the two women who loved him concurrently. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Bestseller Gregory captivates again with this expertly crafted historical about the beautiful young Virgin Queen, portrayed as a narcissistic, neurotic home-wrecker. I don't understand why this was one of the books for us to read.
Her faithful advisors warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the ambitious Robert Dudley. Even William Cecil, who clearly fought every day for what he thought was best for his country, was ultimately a smarmy man. Coupled with the annoyingly suave and power hungry Robert Dudley, I spent most of the time reading this fantasizing about punching all the main characters in the head. Me: Shut the hell up! The Virgins Lover is an amazing book in the Tutor England series by Phillipa Gregory. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. This is not even really touched on.
This time the story was not told from one person's perspective, but several. I would have to Cecil was one of my favorite characters within the book. And while Elizabeth reigned supreme in the end, she got through those early years by luck and chance and the advice of men who had been there before, and not on her own merits at all. In every moment of shock, awe, exasperation, disbelief, etc. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England. Gregory mistakes Elizabeth's carefully controlled flirtations for actual wantonness and flightiness, and her cautious political manoeuvring for woefully uninformed and hysterically indecisive.