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Elizabeth I--the Virgin Queen--refused to commit herself to any man, although one illustrious suitor after another endeavored to ally himself with her in the most intimate of treaties. In the only history available on this ever-fascinating subject, meet the many men who competed fruitlessly for Elizabeth's hand and affections. During the intricate marriage negotiations, romance inextricably blended with diplomacy, and Elizabeth played one prospective groom against the other, always exploiting the situation for England's profit and her own pleasure. Most important among the potential mates: the ambitious, devious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, suspected of having murdered his wife. Although he never attained the prize he longed for, he was dearly loved by Elizabeth all her life.
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Josephine Ross was educated at Wycombe Abbey School and London University, where she read English. On graduating, she worked for Vogue magazine. Her first book was Suitors to the Queen (now called The Men Who Would be King). Since then, she has written television drama scripts and a number of histories and biographies, including The Winter Queen and The Tudors, as well as compiling and editing several illustrated books for Vogue. Her most recent publication is Jane Austen: A Companion. She is married to the historian James Chambers, and lives in London.Review:
Cogently argued ... intriguing and informative―NEW BOOKS
This is splendid stuff, "history with attitude". Written with energy and aplomb, it is a stirring and yet salutary story, well told.
The appeal to women here is strong, of course, but this is complex and fascinating history from any angle―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Splendid stuff, "history with attitude". Written with energy and aplomb, it is a stirring and yet salutary story, well told―THE TIMES
Insightful... The story is intelligently narrated in meticulous detail―LA TIMES
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