In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley. Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing-though married-Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert's child. Events take a dark turn when Robert's wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within. With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir explores one of history's most provocative "Did they or didn't they?" debates. The Marriage Game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty-over her country and herself.
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"Author Weir writes about royalty in such a way that we not only understand their times and conflicts but also see into their hearts. Here, listeners follow the life of Elizabeth I from her accession to the throne to her death. Narrator Julia Franklin dramatically portrays the manipulative, capricious, and awkwardly vulnerable Elizabeth, reflecting WeirÕs vision of her vanity, lusts, superstitions, and fear of pregnancy. We hear loud tirades, the soft tones of lovers, regal proclamations, and, most often, the sorrowful voice of a lonely woman. WeirÕs view of the woman who may have been EnglandÕs greatest monarch is made all the more credible by FranklinÕs impassioned reading. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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