Rival to the Queen

A Novel
Author(s): Carolly Erickson
Original Publish Date: Sep 28, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Product Number: Z100124916
Released: Jun 02, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427211088
Narrator/s: Susan Lyons
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a novel about the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her fascinating cousin, Lettice Knollys, for the love of one extraordinary man. Powerful, dramatic and full of the rich history that has made Carolly Erickson's novels perennial bestsellers, this is the story of the only woman to ever stand up to the Virgin Queen—her own cousin, Lettie Knollys. Far more attractive than the queen, Lettie soon won the attention of the handsome and ambitious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a man so enamored of the queen and determined to share her throne that it was rumored he had murdered his own wife in order to become her royal consort. The enigmatic Elizabeth allowed Dudley into her heart, and relied on his devoted service, but shied away from the personal and political risks of marriage. When Elizabeth discovered that he had married her cousin Lettie in secret, Lettie would pay a terrible price, fighting to keep her husband's love and ultimately losing her beloved son, the Earl of Essex, to the queen's headsman. This is the unforgettable story of two women related by blood, yet destined to clash over one of Tudor England's most charismatic men.

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Author(s): Carolly Erickson
Product Number EB00096434
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429945301

Professional reviews

"In quiet, dispassionate tones, Susan Lyons narrates the account of 13-year-old Lettice Knollys, lady-in-waiting, and soon-to-be rival, to nasty, self-indulgent Queen Elizabeth I. Lettie is privy to the queen's temper tantrums, her very private journal entries, and her unruly passion for Lord Robert Dudley. Lyons describes the burning of Lettie's tutor (for maintaining his Protestant faith during the reign of the Catholic queen, Mary Tudor) from a calm remove that does little to heighten the event's drama. In scenes of passion, whether of anger, jealousy or romance, Lyons's narration lacks the energy to engage listeners. Carolly Erickson's historical view of the period stays faithful to religious and political basics but uses the fiction writer's license to imagine character. Lyons's lackluster narration misses the mark. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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