His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

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One of the greatest loves of all time-between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley-comes to life in this vivid novel.

They were playmates as children, impetuous lovers as adults-and for thirty years were the center of each others' lives. Astute to the dangers of choosing any one man, the Virgin Queen could never give her "Sweet Robin" what he wanted most-marriage- yet she insisted he stay close by her side. Possessive and jealous, their love survived quarrels, his two disastrous ...

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Overview

One of the greatest loves of all time-between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley-comes to life in this vivid novel.

They were playmates as children, impetuous lovers as adults-and for thirty years were the center of each others' lives. Astute to the dangers of choosing any one man, the Virgin Queen could never give her "Sweet Robin" what he wanted most-marriage- yet she insisted he stay close by her side. Possessive and jealous, their love survived quarrels, his two disastrous marriages to other women, her constant flirtations, and political machinations with foreign princes.

His Last Letter tells the story of this great love... and especially of the last three years Elizabeth and Dudley spent together, the most dangerous of her rule, when their passion was tempered by a bittersweet recognition of all that they shared-and all that would remain unfulfilled.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451230126
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 879,706
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeane Eddy Westin is the author of eight books. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

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    excellent historical biographic fiction

    Growing up, Princess Elizabeth and Robert Dudley play together as each share a common bond of how fickle life can be in the court of her father King Henry VIII. As young adults, Princess Elizabeth became the Queen and Dudley her beloved "Robin". Everyone expected them to marry, but she was fearful of having a spouse. Ironically that enabled him to have two other wives and many lovers though he would give all up if she married him. Angered by his women though she flirted with men, her jealous Highness at times wished otherwise as she loved her cherished Robin. Yet through all the political and personal chicanery, their love survived even after his death.

    The story line is extrapolated from a deathbed love letter Sweet Robin wrote to his beloved middle aged "Virgin Queen" who chooses political sensitivities over personal desires. Although Elizabeth has been the subject of nonfiction and fictional accounts in books and movies, fans who relish historical biographic fiction especially of the British royalty will want to read Jeane Westin's powerful look at the love between the Earl and his queen.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Could've been better...

    As someone who prides myself on my obsession with all things Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, I was excited to read this book. Having read Phillipa Gregory's "The Virgin's Lover" I was interested to see how this book would compare. The love story is quite well written, but the jumping between time periods is quite confusing. Also, she makes the culmination of their lifelong love their night of lovemaking at Rycote. While I was happy that they consummated their love, I don't think that sex should be the end-all-be-all of their story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Most Interesting and Enjoyable

    I enjoy reading books created from British history. Stories from real events from the England era and added romance adds so much for enjoyable reading.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Good, not great

    There's a lot of switching back and forth between time periods, which sometimes gets confusing. The story line didn't always feel plausible, either. Elizabeth quickly became tiresome. It was an ok read, but I found myself anxious ti finish the book. I normally really live historical fiction but this book did nothing for me.

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