The Men Who Would Be King: Suitors to Queen Elizabeth I

The Men Who Would Be King: Suitors to Queen Elizabeth I

by Josephine Ross
     
 

The story of the many suitors of Elizabeth I—one of the most eligible brides in 16th century Europe

In the only history available on this ever-fascinating subject, readers will meet the many men who competed fruitlessly for Elizabeth's hand and affections. From her childhood—overshadowed by the marital upheavals of her father Henry VIII and

Overview

The story of the many suitors of Elizabeth I—one of the most eligible brides in 16th century Europe

In the only history available on this ever-fascinating subject, readers will meet the many men who competed fruitlessly for Elizabeth's hand and affections. From her childhood—overshadowed by the marital upheavals of her father Henry VIII and the tragic first encounter with courtship, to the fantastical flirtations of her old age, Elizabeth refused to commit herself to any man. During the marriage negotiations, which spanned half a century, romance blended with diplomacy as one illustrious suitor after another endeavored to ally himself to her in the most intimate of treaties. She played one suitor against another, exploiting her situation to the full both for England's profit and her pleasure. One man did come close to winning her—ambitious, devious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, suspected by many of having murdered his wife, was the most persistent of the suitors to the Queen, and though he never attained the prize he longed for, he was dearly loved by Elizabeth all her life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The appeal to women here is strong, of course, but this is complex and fascinating history from any angle."  —Publishers Weekly

"Splendid stuff, 'history with attitude.' Written with energy and aplomb, it is a stirring and yet salutary story, well told."  —Times

The Times (London)
“Splendid stuff, ‘history with attitude.’ Written with energy and aplomb, it is a stirring and yet salutory story, well told.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753818336
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Ross is the author of Jane Austen: A Companion and the coauthor of Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners.

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