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Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion,…

Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics (2007)

by Sarah Gristwood

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Her relationship with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was one of the most important in the life of Elizabeth I. This book presents an intimate portrait of an affair between two people at a crucial moment in history, of a relationship where, very unusually, a woman held all the power, and of a love that transcended the centuries.… (more)

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This is a delightful love story which doesn't necessarily follow the traditional requirements for a Romeo-and-Juliet type of romance, however this one lasted for at least 30 years and beyond the grave and was certainly a formidable partnership. The book deals with much more than the first 18 months of Elizabeth's reign which are usually cited as the duration of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley"s "affair" and you get a real sense of the depth of their connection. Very touching, very moving and very readable ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
A good look at the Elizabeth and Robert Dudley relationship. Gristwood does a good job of tracing the relationship through its various phases, even though the evidence is thin for their early years. Nevertheless, Gristwood takes the reader through the ups and downs, scandals and pitfalls, of Elizabeth and Dudley's relationship, giving a real sense of each of their personalities and shortcomings. A good read for those interested in Elizabethan history. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Nov 22, 2013 |
Scholarly, interesting but ultimately exhausting. More detail than even this Tudor fan could take. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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  Irishcontessa | Mar 30, 2013 |
Queen Elizabeth I’s affection for Robert Dudley is the subject of Sarah Gristwood’s wonderful joint biography. She sifts sources and accounts and it really does feel as though she gets as close as possible to understanding this passionate, intriguing relationship. She looks steadily at Elizabeth’s failings – her vanity, playacting and procrastination - while examining dispassionately the demanding expectations on Elizabeth as monarch. The House of Commons petitioned it would be ‘contrary to public respects’ if she remained ‘unmarried and, as it were, a vestal virgin’. In answer she explained: ‘I haply chose this kind of life in which I yet live, which I assure you for mine own part hath hitherto best contented myself and I trust hath been most acceptable to God.’

Her perplexed contemporaries hoped that Elizabeth’s great games of courtship would end happily. Elizabeth by contrast preferred her independence than marrying and surrendering her sovereignty and besides she had a great friendship of devotion, flirtation, adoration and gifts with the delectable Dudley. Yet, as Gristwood demonstrates, for Dudley there was a great cost – loathed by fellow courtiers as ‘the gypsy’, his own frustrated ambition and muddled relationships with other women. They continued loving, fighting and reconciling until his death in 1588 and then it continued almost beyond the grave. There was a terrible almost deadly coda with Elizabeth’s affection and indulgence of Dudley’s step-son, Essex. ‘What ifs’ are of doubtful use but the Scottish ambassador Melville said: ‘she would have chosen Lord Robert, her brother and best friend, but ... [was] determined to end her life in virginity’. Her decision was unique, inspired and successful and in stark contrast to the desperate failures of Mary Tudor and Mary Stuart.
  Sarahursula | Jan 5, 2013 |
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Heaving with detail and anecdote, Elizabeth and Leicester plunges us into the turbulent Tudor world and makes absorbing reading. Gristwood juggles the numerous theories regarding her two principals with intelligence and sensitivity.
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