The Virgin's Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I

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The story of Elizabeth I, as it's never been told before-through the eyes of two ladies-in-waiting closest to her...

In a court filled with repressed sexual longing, scandal, and intrigue, Lady Katherine Grey is Elizabeth's most faithful servant. When the young queen is smitten by the dashing Robert Dudley, Katherine must choose between duty and desire-as her secret passion for a handsome earl threatens to turn Elizabeth against her. Once the queen becomes a bitter and ...

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Overview

The story of Elizabeth I, as it's never been told before-through the eyes of two ladies-in-waiting closest to her...

In a court filled with repressed sexual longing, scandal, and intrigue, Lady Katherine Grey is Elizabeth's most faithful servant. When the young queen is smitten by the dashing Robert Dudley, Katherine must choose between duty and desire-as her secret passion for a handsome earl threatens to turn Elizabeth against her. Once the queen becomes a bitter and capricious monarch, another lady-in-waiting, Mistress Mary Rogers, offers the queen comfort. But even Mary cannot remain impervious to the court's sexual tension-and as Elizabeth gives her doomed heart to the mercurial Earl of Essex, Mary is drawn to the queen's rakish godson...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451226679
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 371,819
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    Definate Page Turner

    This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. The writing was fabulous and I really found myself connecting with the characters and caught up in the plot. It really showed Queen Elizabeth's court from a new and uncommon view. I would definately recommend this to a friend.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Different approach to the Virgin Queen

    I knew nothing about Queen Elizabeth I before I started this book, but now I feel I understand a lot about her and that time. The author portrayed activity in the court by focusing on her "daughters" or ladies in waiting. Because Elizabeth had her mother executed by her father, she feared domination by men. As a result, she loved, but didn't give in to love - her biggest love was her nation. Her ladies were denied to love because she demanded pure devotion and trusted no man. This book is really 2 stories - one during her youth and the other during her last years. Read it and enjoy and be glad they invented the toilet!

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    look at Queen Elizabeth through how her Ladies in Waiting

    The younger sister of the late Lady Jane Grey, Lady Katherine Grey admires Queen Elizabeth and vows to be loyal and faithful especially to the monarch's decree that her female retinue must remain virtuous. Lady Katherine has no problem remaining pure as no man attracts her enough to give away her virginity.

    However, when Elizabeth falls in love with Sir Robert Dudley, Katherine assumes that frees her from her vow of chastity just like the queen she emulates. Katherine falls in love with the Earl of Hereford, but Queen Elizabeth begins to suspect her of seditious acts to take the throne like her sister did.

    Over time, Elizabeth turns increasingly acrimonious as she cannot fully act on her love for Essex. Her Lady in Waiting Mary Rogers understands firsthand what that means as she loves the queen's godson, but that could mean death for both of them.

    Although a look at Queen Elizabeth through how her Ladies in Waiting sees her has been over done, as well as the Grey sisters (see the Alison Weir's novels), Jeane Westin provides a fascinating look at the court over time. The Queen becomes angrier and frustrated but not as much as her Ladies in Waiting, who know that love is a seditious act. Well written, fans who cannot get enough of Elizabethan Era historical fiction will want to read THE VIRGIN'S DAUGHTERS trying to remain loyal to their Queen bit also struggling to survive falling in love in the "Court of Elizabeth I".

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    Loved this book, gave another aspect or view of this time in history and went more into how Elizabeth cared for and treated her ladies of the bedchamber. What life was like in matters of love and life with the queen. Much was given and much asked of her ladies. Good Read.

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    AWESOME

    This is the first book I've read by Jeane Westin and in one word AWESOME. Could not put it down. I highly recommend this book especially if you have any interest in Elizabeth I and her Court.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Great Read

    The only problem, and I do mean the only one is that ths is esentially two smaller books loosly tied together into one.

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