“ Vivacious and absorbing . . . Full of intriguing suggestions, stimulating analogies and shrewd connections.”

— The Sunday Times (London) on Elizabeth and Leicester

Elizabeth and Leicester

ISBN: 9780143114499


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Elizabeth and Leicester


by Sarah Gristwood


Though the story has been told on film—and whispered in historic gossip—this is the first book in almost fifty years to solely explore the great queen’s attachment to her beloved Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Fueled by scandal and intrigue, their relationship set the explosive connection between public and private life in sixteenth-century England in bold relief. Why did they never marry? How much of what seemed a passionate obsession was actually political convenience? Elizabeth and Leicester reignites this 400- year-old love story in a book for anyone interested in Elizabethan literature.