By Jean Plaidy
Torn among her heart’s ardour and accountability to her country, a tender queen makes a gloomy selection…
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was once the main robust guy in England in the course of the reign of Elizabeth I. good-looking and smart, he drew the curiosity of many women—but it was once Elizabeth herself that liked him better of all. Their dating can have culminated in marriage yet for the lifestyles of Amy Robsart, Robert's tragic younger spouse, who stood among them and refused to be swept away to meet a monarch’s wish for a guy that used to be no longer rightfully her personal. but if Amy abruptly dies, below situations that many deem to be mysterious at top, the Queen and her lover are put lower than a gloomy cloud of suspicion, and Elizabeth is compelled to choose that may outline her legacy.
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Was Anne really his wife? he was asking now. Had she not betrothed herself to another before she had gone through the ceremony with the King? Was she the virtuous wife he had believed her to be? If there were no longer a Queen Anne Boleyn there might be a Queen Jane Seymour. But Jane Dudley’s thoughts were for the little Princess—the once fêted and the honored. What would become of her? Those about the King were already wondering whether she would be designated Bastard, as her half-sister Mary had been.
Jane, the eldest, will be the rightful Queen when Edward dies. Is she not the granddaughter of Henry VIII’s sister Mary? ” “Jane! ” “Certainly. It is the King’s custom to name his successor here in England … and I have Edward’s consent to this. With that and her superior claims over the bastard daughters of Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, she will indeed be Queen. But do not imagine my plans end there. ” Robert for once was without speech. King of England! He saw himself in regal velvet. How that would have become him!
One day when he and Amy were walking in the fields on her father’s estate, Amy began to collect daisies to make a chain. She had many pretty gestures and everything she did was with a charming innocent grace, as she now made a daisy chain. It was springtime and the country smells and sounds enchanted Robert. He felt suddenly that he did not wish for any other life than this. To wander in green fields, to hunt in the forests, to live a life of ease and comfort with these pleasant country folk from whom he was so different that he was something more than human, seemed to him the ideal life.