- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (25 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780007147311
- ISBN-13: 978-0007147311
- ASIN: 0007147317
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Praise for The Virgin’s Lover:
‘A book to lose yourself in…a simmering mixture of intrigue, lust and betrayal at the court of Elizabeth I, it breathes new life into the suspected love affair between the young queen and Robert Dudley’ Daily Mail
‘Convincing and entertaining’ Daily Telegraph
‘An enjoyable read, and Gregory’s energetic writing carries one along’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Gregory’s success lies in restoring humanity to her historical figures’ Daily Mail
‘Gregory is one of the best chroniclers of the ups and downs of the turbulent Tudors…This superbly plotted drama unfolds like an exquisitely embroidered Tudor ruff’ Sainsbury’s Magazine
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I found Dudley and Elizabeth to be an incredibly irritating couple! I think that even without the drama they would have torn each other apart!
This definitely does not stack up next to Gregory's other works which usually depict strong female figures or more well researched & presented fictions centring around the same topic.
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This isn't a criticism of TVL so much as all of Gregory's books: what IS Gregory's beef with Queen Elizabeth I?! Okay, so the real Queen wasn't the saint popular media (both then and now) make her out to be: she was devious, grasping, petulant, bad-tempered and she also committed some atrocities that get swept under the rug. It's good that Gregory shows her faults in this fictional portrait. But--and here's the thing--a lot of Gregory's other characters behave just as badly, and they are not judged nearly as harshly for it.
Take Elizabeth's relationship with Dudley, for instance. When Elizabeth has an affair with him and becomes so dependent she feels like she can't function without him (two circumstances that I find highly unlikely, by the way), Gregory portrays her as a slutty little ditz who's being ruled by men. But when Queen Mary Tudor becomes so dependent on her husband, who cares nothing for her, that she's willing to finance his monumentally stupid war and has a complete breakdown when he leaves her--causing her to utterly neglect her royal duties while her country is sliding into chaos--then she's a martyr to love and a traumatic past who deserves all our sympathy. Similarly, when Elizabeth screws around with other women's husbands, she's a promiscuous, unscrupulous seductress who openly rejoices over other women's pain. But when, say, the White Princess screws around with someone else's husband--incidentally, her own biological UNCLE--while the wife is DYING!--then she's a blossoming young innocent caught up in the nasty machinations of others. When Elizabeth is dismissive of other women, she's a vile traitor to her gender; when Elizabeth Woodville does the same thing, she's just being her glamorous self. Even in the latest novel ***SPOILER***when Elizabeth lies through her teeth about how great the royal portrait is, she's "corrupted beyond hope"--even as the heroine, Kateryn Parr, is also lying! Even Margaret Beaufort's murder of the Princes in the Tower is somehow not as bad as Elizabeth flirting with her courtiers and taking advice from Cecil, a man who actually has her interests at heart.
Gregory writes about many interesting, powerful women; none of them are saints. But, somehow, Queen Elizabeth I is the only sinner.
I don't think he loved the queen but used her because she was weak to get higher in court.
I think her mother would of been a better queen than her. He mother wasn't weak or let people tell her what to do.
This book makes you think that Elizabeth is in he'll because there is no way God would forgive her sins. She had people killed, she was a w.h.o.r.e by sleeping with a married man. She was a tease, playing men, liar and a poor excuse for a women.
I found her to be weak and pathetic. She didn't deserve to be queen. She was a doormat, she only did what men told her. Men played her.
If you are born royal, she would know to marry for power or money, she would have to do this for her country.
She had a women killed because she couldn't tell a man no. What kind of queen is that, she had no backbone.
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