Elizabeth's Rival

Elizabeth's Rival

by Nicola Tallis
Elizabeth's Rival

Elizabeth's Rival

by Nicola Tallis



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A kinswoman to Elizabeth I, Lettice Knollys had begun the Queen’s glittering reign basking in favor and success. It was an honor that she would enjoy for two decades. However, on the morning of September 21st, 1578, Lettice made a fateful decision. When the Queen learned of it, the consequences were swift. Lettice had dared to marry without the Queen’s consent. But worse, her new husband was Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the Queen’s favorite and one-time suitor.Though she would not marry him herself, Elizabeth was fiercely jealous of any woman who showed an interest in Leicester. Knowing that she would likely earn the Queen’s enmity, Lettice married Leicester in secret, leading to her permanent banishment from court. Elizabeth never forgave the new Countess for what she perceived to be a devastating betrayal, and Lettice permanently forfeited her favor. She had become not just Queen Elizabeth’s adversary. She was her rival. But the Countess’ story does not end there. Surviving the death of two husbands and navigating the courts of three very different monarchs: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I, Lettice’s story offers an extraordinary and intimate perspective on the world she lived in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777146
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 311,747
File size: 44 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Nicola Tallis’s debut book, Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, was published to wide praise in America and Britain. She has previously lectured at the University of Winchester and worked with Historic Royal Palaces and the National Trust. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Genealogical Tables xi

Dramatis Personae xiv

Timeline xxii

Author's Note xxiv

Introduction xxv

Prologue xxxi

1 Hiding Royal Blood 1

2 Darling to the Maiden Queen 19

3 Captive to the Charms of Lettice Knollys 38

4 The Goodliest Male Personage in England 57

5 Flirting with the Viscountess 78

6 Death with his Dart hath us Bereft 91

7 Faithful, Faultless, Yet Someway Unfortunate, Yet Must Suffer 107

8 His Paramour, or his Wife 119

9 Great Enmity 137

10 Up and Down the Country 153

11 A Marriage in Secret 165

12 One Queen in England 173

13 A She-Wolf 186

14 My Sorrowful Wife 200

15 Our Mistress's Extreme Rage 214

16 A Continual Fever 228

17 My Best Friend 246

18 Disgraced Persons 265

19 Some Wonted Unkind Words 277

20 The Arch-Traitor Essex 293

21 Mildly Like a Lamb 311

22 The Wars with Thunder, and the Court with Stars 324

Epilogue 334

Appendix 1 Epitaph to Lettice, Countess of Leicester 337

Appendix 2 Following in Lettice's Footsteps - Places to Visit 339

Notes and References 341

Bibliography 379

Acknowledgements 389

Index 391

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