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Rival to the Queen

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

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    The latest Carolly Erickson Tudor historical fiction is an engaging tale

    Bloody Queen Mary orders Francis Knolly to kill the family tutor. Having no choice, he does his duty to the horror of his loved ones especially sixteen years old Lettie. However, Francis also understands in spite of his loyalty the Queen and her late father, he and family are condemned because they are related to Mary's imprisoned half sister Princess Elizabeth.

    Several years later, Elizabeth is now the queen and Lettie returns to court to serve her cousin. There she meets the queen's consort Sir Robert Dudley. She falls in love with him and he persuades her to secretly marry him though he would have preferred to be Elizabeth's husband; not out of love but to obtain more power. She is his second wife with rumors that Lady Any either was murdered or killed herself. She bears him a son who is royally executed and he also has an offspring out of wedlock with another lady of the court. Each of Dudley's women feels the wrath of the queen.

    The latest Carolly Erickson Tudor historical fiction (see the First Elizabeth and The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots) is an engaging tale that focuses on a rival for the affection of Dudley. Lettie is a courageous individual who knows she risks her life for love; while ironically her beloved comes across as a selfish hedonist. However, it is the portrait of Elizabeth that is difficult to accept as she is treated as a jealous angry beast with no redeeming virtues. Told by Lettie, sub-genre readers will enjoy her tale as The Rival to the Queen for Dudley's affection.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

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    For lovers of all things Tudors, this is for you!

    I thought this story was told from a great perspective, about a player in Elizabeth's court you hardly ever hear anything about.

    I'm an avid reader of anything Tudor. While my true love is everything Anne Boleyn, I have never had much love for historical fiction about Elizabeth. Everyone knows her only love was for Robert Dudley, and how many times can you hear that not-so-grand-a-story before you know everything? This book gave me an entirely new perspective! While I knew him and Elizabeth were suspected of killing his first wife, the way this story is told gives an entirely new twist to the life and loves of Robert Dudley. I had barely heard of Lettice Knowley before this.

    The story is shown through Lettice's perspective. She is Elizabeth's cousin and therefore is given a place in her court only to be exiled for loving and marrying Robert Dudley without Elizabeth's permission. While both are exiled at first, Lettice is banished forever, while Robert is taken back by the Elizabeth, only to leave Lettice behind. The story makes you love, hate and pity Elizabeth for loving Robert.

    Beautifully written and engaging, I could not put this done until I finished. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    Highly Recommended!

    A great book by Carolly Erickson. This is the first book I have ever read written by her. I was impressed. She takes the Tudor court with King Henry VIII and makes it come alive. I love this time period and Ms. Erickson does it much justice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    Must Read

    Very interesting look into the court of Elizabeth I. If you love this time period you will enjoy this book.

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