By Jean Plaidy
Torn among her heart’s ardour and accountability to her nation, a tender queen makes a depressing selection…
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was once the main strong guy in England in the course of the reign of Elizabeth I. good-looking and smart, he drew the curiosity of many women—but it used to be Elizabeth herself that liked him better of all. Their courting may have culminated in marriage yet for the life of Amy Robsart, Robert's tragic younger spouse, who stood among them and refused to be swept away to fulfill a monarch’s wish for a guy that was once now not rightfully her personal. but if Amy unexpectedly dies, below situations that many deem to be mysterious at most sensible, the Queen and her lover are put lower than a dismal cloud of suspicion, and Elizabeth is pressured to select that may outline her legacy.
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Murmured Jane. ” And she thought: Oh dear, she is gay and wicked, they say; but I would not wish to see her suffer as poor Queen Katharine did. Suffer? How could she suffer? She was young; she was the most attractive of women; she was not the sort to despair because her first-born was a daughter. The King was deeply enamored of her; for her sake he had broken with Rome. Who was Jane Dudley to be sorry for such as Queen Anne Boleyn! She whispered to Robert: “It is because we are both mothers, my love.
She deemed him as clever and handsome as he considered himself to be. She reflected his own pride in himself. He was sure in that moment that he could be happy at Siderstern for the rest of his life. He dazzled her; he dazzled them all; and he was determined to dazzle them more than ever before. ” She was a little frightened. What did he mean by that? Surely not marriage! He was the son of the man who was shortly to become—so she had heard her father say—Protector of England. No, Amy could never hope for marriage with a man such as Robert Dudley, even though she was the heiress of her father’s considerable fortune.
He was nearly a year old and only wished for kisses when he was in the mood for them. ” crooned Jane. In the next three years Jane often thought of the little Princess. So much honor was done to her at one time. The King himself delighted to have her dressed in finery that he might carry her round and show her to the ladies of the Court, insisting that they admire his daughter, his little Elizabeth. But the King still wished for sons; and Queen Anne, it seemed, could no more satisfy his wishes than his previous Queen had done.