The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction novel first released in 2004. Following real world chronology and the suggested reading order by the author, it is the 13th book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). The series fictionalizes the history of important female royal figures of England.
The book follows the story of Elizabeth I of England who kept Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester, in the tower of London. Elizabeth soon faced a dilemma when situation forced her to marry a strong prince while her heart already fell for the married-man Robert Dudley.
Cover and Details of The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The Virgin’s Lover (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #13)
- Author: Philippa Gregor
- Publisher: Touchstone Books
- Date Published: November 16, 2004
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743256158
- ISBN-13: 9780743256155
Summary of the Book
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. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth’s ambitious leap to the throne will draw her husband back to the center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be.
Elizabeth’s excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant and foreign war a certainty. 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. 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? When Amy is found dead, Elizabeth and Dudley are suddenly plunged into a struggle for survival.
Reviews of The Virgin’s Lover
“Jolly good fun.” —Entertainment Weekly
“…expertly crafted…readers addicted to Gregory’s intelligent, well-researched tales…will be enthralled…” —Publishers Weekly
“No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court.” —Romantic Times
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