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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes a riveting and scandalous love triangle between a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition far exceeds his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen, yet one woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth’s ambitious leap to the throne will draw her husband back to the center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be.

Elizabeth’s excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisors warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the ambitious Robert Dudley. As the young couple falls back in love, a question hangs in the air: can he really set aside his wife and marry the queen? When Amy is found dead, Elizabeth and Dudley are suddenly plunged into a struggle for survival.

Graeme Malcolm
hr min
November 16
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

TrendHater73 ,

Not one of my favorites

I've read several of Philippa Gregory's books. This one was missing something. Maybe it is because it isn't told from a first person perspective... I own the actual book and have tried to read it three times, without ever finishing once. I thought I would download it and see if listening to it would work better. Her two best, in my opinion, are "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "The Queen's Fool"

Team Enrique Iglesias ,


This book was so much like a soap opera. I totally felt for Amy Dudley cuz her husband, Robert Dudley was having an affair with Elizabeth Queen of England. If you like suspense this is the book for you.

( just to let Philippa Gregory fans know that you should read the Wideacre triology. so good.)

Professor EW ,

A great read!

An excellent book! I am normally not one for abridged versions but Graeme Malcome does an excellent job narrating this book. His voice is smooth and pleasant to listen to.