Elizabeth & Leicester Books about fiery Queen Elizabeth I abound, but few have so carefully plumbed her tricky relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Though he… Elizabeth & Leicester Books about fiery Queen Elizabeth I abound, but few have so carefully plumbed her tricky relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Though he… 2007-11-01 History Nonfiction Viking
Book Review

Elizabeth & Leicester (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 01, 2007; Writer: Sarah Gristwood; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Viking

Books about fiery Queen Elizabeth I abound, but few have so carefully plumbed her tricky relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Though he was one of her favorite subjects, he was not, Gristwood shows, a mere plaything, but a serious thinker and statesman. In Elizabeth & Leicester, Sarah Gristwood examines the murder of Leicester's first wife, Amy — a scandalous event that left the court wondering about Elizabeth's possible involvement — and tries to settle, once and for all, the question of whether the two ever had sex. Gristwood turns dense, occasionally stodgy history into a lively read. A-

Originally posted Dec 14, 2007 Published in issue #970 Dec 21, 2007 Order article reprints