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The Virgin's Lover In the first two years of her reign, England's Elizabeth I went to war against France, squashed assassination plots against herself, and embarked on a...The Virgin's LoverFiction In the first two years of her reign, England's Elizabeth I went to war against France, squashed assassination plots against herself, and embarked on a...2004-11-26Simon & Schuster
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The Virgin's Lover

Genre: Fiction; Author: Phillipa Gregory; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

In the first two years of her reign, England’s Elizabeth I went to war against France, squashed assassination plots against herself, and embarked on a lusty affair with Sir Robert Dudley, a married man! Okay, so historians have never corroborated that last part, but such a scandalous possibility makes for a bodice-ripping read. Even juicier: The Elizabeth-Dudley rumors are linked to one of the 16th century’s greatest unsolved mysteries. (Hint: It involves a suspicious death.) None of the characters in The Virgin’s Lover are particularly fine-tuned (here the Virgin Queen is malleable! Here she’s resolute!), and Gregory’s style can be jarringly anachronistic — the phrase ”small fry” in 1558? We daresay not! — but as lightweight historical fiction goes, this is jolly good fun.

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