Elizabeth & Leicester

Elizabeth & Leicester A Gripping Account Of One Of History S Most Fascinating Of Alliances The Love Affair Between Queen Elizabeth I And Her Political Advisor And Confidant, Robert Dudley, Earl Of LeicesterNo One Knows Quite When And Where Their Relationship Began Though Leicester Once Said He D Known Elizabeth Since She Was Eight Years Old They Shared An Important Commonality Of Experience Both With A Parent Dead On The Headsman S Block, Both Imprisoned In The Tower Just Yards Away Within Days Of The Death Of Her Sister, Mary, He Was At Her Side And Within Months, Openly Spoken Of As Her Lover, Even Her Future Husband Her Relationship With Her Bonnie Sweet Robin Was One Of The Most Important In The Life Of Elizabeth For Thirty Years He Loved Her, Advised Her, Understood Her, Sat By Her Bed In Sickness, And Represented Her On State Occasions Yet, Much Of The Fascination In Their Relationship Comes From What Is Not On Display The Sudden Death Some Said Murder Of Leicester S Wife, Which Damaged His Reputation Irretrievably And Elizabeth S Persistent Refusal For Ever Afterwards To Marry Anybody At AllNot A Conventional Biography, Elizabeth Leicester Is, Rather, An Intimate Portrait Of An Affair Between Two People At A Crucial Moment In History

Sarah Gristwood attended Oxford and then worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women s issues She has contributed to The Times, Guardian, Independent, and Evening Standard.

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  • Hardcover
  • 407 pages
  • Elizabeth & Leicester
  • Sarah Gristwood
  • English
  • 07 August 2019
  • 9780670018284

10 thoughts on “Elizabeth & Leicester

  1. says:

    In my youth god, I can SAY that, how horrible , I was an English history major At U.C Berkeley I actually toyed with the idea of getting a Ph.D, applied, was accepted, and was informed in my acceptance letter that there were no jobs and if I wanted to pursue academia, go forth, but be prepared to flip burgers for a living Which prompted me to go to cooking school instead Yes, true story.History remains a passion and you really can t get any passionate than those damn Tudors I have purchased every major popular history on the Tudors and a goodly number of academic tomes on them, and they continue to fascinate.This is another book on Elizabeth and Leicester It s well researched, and I like how this author cites other author s theories this is a well travelled road and one hell of a crowded field , because a tremendous amount of this is just that theory She paints a much broader and interesting portrait of Leicester than I ve seen in previous books sort of the point here , with less emphasis on Liz which is good, because, yeah, I ve read a lot on her There is much sensible interpretation here with some interesting asides The writing is quite engaging, and I was left with a sadness about these two They were of a kind The sort that took fate by its ears and wrestled it to the ground, however, at a great personal cost I didn t need the appendices on popular cinema treatments, and, I suspect, given the quasi academic tone of this book, her publisher probably insisted gently on it Ignore them This is welcome addition to my burgeoning bookshelf on the Tudors.

  2. says:

    First I would like to say that I found everything in this book very fascinating.Even though most of the info was political in nature and not so much personal.I still was captivated from page one.I found Ms.Gristwood s theories intriguing and the writing and research seemed very well done.But I was hoping for a intimate portrayal of their relationship and I just didn t feel this was the book I was looking for.Very enjoyable read otherwise and if you happen to like reading about Queen Elizabeth s reign,the politics of the times or those closest to her this one is for you.

  3. says:

    I always love books about the Tudor monarchy I really enjoyed this book A lot of books on this subject tend to get repetitive, it s exciting to find a book from a different perspective This book examines in detail the relationship between the Virgin Queen and her long term confidante Robert Dudley The subject of Elizabeth and Robert is one that creates a lot of discussion, and very divided opinions Most historians have different ideas about who controlled the relationship Was the Queen in complete control and Dudley her pawn Or was Robert the power behind the throne who had the most powerful woman in the country under his power Then there are the most famous questions Who killed Robert Dudley s first wife Amy Was it an accident, suicide, or murder If it was murder, who did it and what was the reason Was it for love or for political reasons The big question has always been did they, or didn t they Was Elizabeth a true Virgin Queen or was Robert her secret lover Anyone who has read about Elizabeth s monarchy knows the questions, and probably has their own opinions, I know I do Unfortunately it is really difficult to get the facts without an author s opinion clouding the isssue Some writers only give the facts as they want to see them, or even exclude ideas, documentation, and contemperary accounts that don t agree with their preconcieved ideas All of that to say Sarah Gristwood doesn t force her opinion on the readers, instead she gives every side to each controversial issue She provides detailed sources and provides some documentation that I had never seen before I liked how she would show some ideas as unlikely, but she never says anything is completely impossible She simply examines all sides of an issue I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves Tudor or European history It would probably be hard for someone who doesn t know a little about the period to understand parts of this book, because it assumes a basic knowledge of Tudor history It could also possibly be difficult for anyone who isn t interested in the period I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did Happy Reading

  4. says:

    I don t have much interest in any of the Royals love affairs to begin with, but I thought I could get some background on the politics of the time while waiting for the newest Shardlake to come out To her credit, the author does spend considerable time and effort in explaining how Elizabeth played her marriageability in the game of power politics, which is fairly interesting But about 2 3 through I just got tired of it Besides, the author follows the convention of sometimes referring to Nobles by their given name, sometimes by their family name, sometimes by their honorific I get tired of keeping who s who s straight Besides, I think a apt subtitle would be Speculations about the Virgin Queen since she speculates a good deal, in a chatty conversationalist style I do not much enjoy Not a bad book, just not interesting enough to me.

  5. says:

    This book gave a deeper look into the lives of the Queen and her favorite, the Earl of Leicester The politics of the time were just as complicated as they are today perhaps much so because of the lack of modern day technology It was an educational look into Robert Dudley s influences on his Queen.

  6. says:

    3.5 stars

  7. says:

    Elizabeth and Leicester, the Virgin Queen and her sweet Robin , are one of the great romances of history, immortalised in history books and Hollywood movies alike Most people have some awareness of their relationship the great queen and the man she loved but could never marry the age old question of whether the Virgin Queen truly was a virgin and whether she and Leicester were loversUnfortunately much of what is known about their relationship is little than myth, fabricated over the years to fit the romantic narrative There s the youthful passion, the drama of the death of Leicester s wife, the on off on off nature of their entanglement, Elizabeth s dangling of foreign marriages, Leicester s covert relationships with other women No wonder Hollywood loves Elizabeth, enough to make several movies about her and Leicester.In this book Sarah Gristwood sets out to get to the truth, charting their decades long relationship whilst cleaving as close as possible to documentary fact It s a thoroughly enjoyable read, well written, comprehensive, and with an ever so slightly sentimental style that suits the topic.However, apart from the enjoyability of the read, as history it concerns me The author s training as a journalist and not an historian is obvious The lack of foot or end notes in this book particularly I have no problem with history aimed at the lay reader but when an author is writing on a topic as smothered in historical supposition and amorous gauze as Elizabeth and Leicester, the very lack of that academic supporting evidence only weakens the impact A section on sources and further reading does not quite suffice to make me feel I could rely on this book with any certainty In large part this book is based on other secondary sources, with little primary material and nothing new in the way of historical research.

  8. says:

    Very dense, but what wonderful detail and insight Great research that shines a bit of a different light on E and L.

  9. says:

    If you re unfamiliar with the life of Queen Elizabeth I and the people who surrounded her you might find this book a little overwhelming But if you ve read a fair share of biographies about the queen you ll find this one to be illuminating, certainly an accomplishment given all that has been published This author may do to Leicester, what Antonia Fraser did for the revision of Marie Antoinette in history By the books end, and after a very thorough analysis of the relationship and a respectful debate about the various perceptions of Leicester, you really have to revise your opinion of the man, and of the virgin queen I had recently seen the brilliant new film with the goddess Cate Blanchett, and found the book an excellent companion piece to the film, or vice versa.

  10. says:

    I ended up skimming the rest of this once I hit the half way point While the book was well researched it wasn t very gripping I wanted to read about Elizabeth and Robininstead I got the entire socio political climate of Europe with copious footnotes Perhaps all these asides served the greater purpose of adding context to their relationship, but I found it dull and a bit of a slog The author even managed to squelch any intrigue that remained regarding the death of Amy Robsart Oh well This was a very well written book, I just wasn t in the mood to devote so much of my time to it.

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