The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen

by Elizabeth Norton
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor: Elizabeth I, Thomas Seymour, and the Making of a Virgin Queen

by Elizabeth Norton

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Overview

England, late 1547. King Henry VIII Is dead. His fourteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth is living with the king’s widow, Catherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour. Seymour is the brother of Henry VIII’s third wife, the late Jane Seymour, who was the mother to the now-ailing boy King.Ambitious and dangerous, Seymour begins and overt flirtation with Elizabeth that ends with Catherine sending her away. When Catherine dies a year later and Seymour is arrested for treason soon after, a scandal explodes. Alone and in dreadful danger, Elizabeth is threatened by supporters of her half-sister, Mary, who wishes to see England return to Catholicism. She is also closely questioned by the king’s regency council due to her place in the line of succession. Was she still a virgin? Was there a child? Had she promised to marry Seymour?Under pressure, Elizabeth shows the shrewdness and spirit she would later be famous for. She survives the scandal, but Thomas Seymour is not so lucky. The “Seymour Scandal” led Elizabeth and her advisers to create of the persona of the Virgin Queen.On hearing of Seymour’s beheading, Elizabeth observed, “This day died a man of much wit, and very little judgment.” His fate remained with her. She would never allow her heart to rule her head again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681770987
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 745,273
File size: 630 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Norton is a historian specializing in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She is the author of several biographies on Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, and Catherine Parr. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

Prologue 6 February 1559 ix

Part 1 The Seeds of Scandal 1

1 Affection Shall Lead Me to Court … 3

2 … Interest Keeps Me There 16

3 Adoration Until Death 29

4 What We Cannot Remedy 42

Part 2 The Scandal Deepens 59

5 The Young Damsels 61

6 Go Away, For Shame 76

7 A Dress So Trimmed 90

8 In a Maiden's Chamber 105

9 The Queen's Displeasure 118

10 A Child Born and Miserably Destroyed 133

11 The Little Knave 146

12 Let Me Be No More 159

Part 3 The Scandal Unveiled 175

13 He That Hath Friends 177

14 Beware Whom You Trust 190

15 London News 202

16 Laboring for the Tower 216

17 Vanity of Vanities 233

18 A Man of Much Wit 251

Epilogue The Virgin Queen? 269

Notes on the Text 281

Bibliography 309

Index 317

Acknowledgments 323

About the Author 324

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