The Queen's Bastard: A Novel of Elizabeth I and Arthur Dudley

The Queen's Bastard: A Novel of Elizabeth I and Arthur Dudley

by Robin Maxwell
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The Queen's Bastard: A Novel of Elizabeth I and Arthur Dudley by Robin Maxwell

Historians have long whispered that “the Virgin Queen” Elizabeth’s passionate, lifelong affair with Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester, may have led to the birth of a son, Arthur Dudley. In this exquisite sequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell fashions a stunning fictional account of the child switched at birth by a lady-in-waiting who foresaw the deleterious political consequences of a royal bastard. Set against the sweeping, meticulously rendered backdrop of court intrigues, international scandals, and England’s battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588, Maxwell deftly juxtaposes Elizabeth and Leicester’s tumultuous relationship with the memoirs of the adventurous son lost to them—yet ultimately discovered.

The Queen’s Bastard artfully weaves two tales, the first told by Arthur Dudley himself, who, exchanged at birth by Elizabeth’s intimates for a stillborn infant, grows up as a country gentleman, never knowing his true identity. A dreamer, a romantic, and a magnificent horseman, Arthur sets off to fight Philip II of Spain. Meanwhile, the lifelong love affair of Elizabeth and Leicester has only been strengthened by the presumed loss of their child. The two narratives collide when Arthur learns who his true parents are. Religion, sex, and the sixteenth century’s most fascinating personalities are woven into a rich tapestry of betrayal, the quest for power, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611452112
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 747,051
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robin
Maxwell is the acclaimed author of The
Queen’s Bastard and The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn.

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Queen's Bastard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong- the story is entertaining enough. I think...but it's hard to follow when the book has so many grammatical errors. I can see an error here and there being overlooked by editing, but to consistently see the misuse and non-use of basic punctuation such as apostrophes is so distracting that I actually had to discard the book. I don't recall Ms. Maxwell's other work being so poorly written and edited, soI would have to suggest she find a proof-reader who will actually proof read. In all honesty- my third grader can write with better form than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading so many books on Robert Dudley and Queen elizabelth I felt this story very possible and it was captivating on many levels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. All 3 in the trilogy are good, but this one stands out as the best. Maxwell paints a vivid picture of how Queen Elizabeth could have had a child secretly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! If you are at all interested in the Elizabethan period, read The Diary of Anne Boelyn first! Paired, these are excellent! I highly recommend this to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read and great insight regarding life at court and notable heads of state, a splash of conceit and deceit peppered throughout
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Queen's Bastard' was a fabulous book. It percectly describes the life an illegitamate son of a Elizabeth 1 could have led. The relationship between Robin Dudley and Elizabeth is presented equally well.
cqdave More than 1 year ago
I wa so excited about this book. If I saw it at a bookfair I wouldn't give .50 for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is ok. But the book is to long.