The Marriage Game

The Marriage Game

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Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings all her knowledge of Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies, amid all the colour and pageantry of the Tudor court. Their affair is the scandal of Europe. Queen Elizabeth presents herself as the Virgin Queen but cannot resist her dashing but married Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley. Many believe them to be lovers, and there are scurrilous rumours that Elizabeth is no virgin at all. The formidable young Queen is regarded by most of Christendom as a bastard, a heretic and a usurper, yet many princes covet Tudor England and seek her hand in marriage. Under mounting pressure to take a husband, Elizabeth encourages their advances without ever committing; a delicate, politically-fraught balancing act which becomes known as 'The Marriage Game'. But treading this dangerous line with Robert Dudley, the son and grandson of traitors, could cost her the throne...Played out amidst the splendour of the Tudor court and the most famous events of a great age, The Marriage Game is a dramatic, complex and deeply poignant tale of intrigue, love and loss.At its heart is our greatest Queen and the emotional truth of one of history's most extraordinary love affairs.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 46mm | 679.99g
  • Cornerstone
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0091926254
  • 9780091926250
  • 478,215

About Alison Weir

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her non-fiction books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Katherine Swynford and Elizabeth of York. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, The Lady Elizabeth and A Dangerous Inheritance.show more

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"[Weir] gets right inside the head of the Virgin Queen. The reader has a blissful sense of seeing history as it happens." -- Kate Saunders The Times "Elizabeth explodes from the page, a full-blooded woman, all desire, passion and vulnerability ... a breathtaking story of secrets and lies." -- Kate Williams, author of BECOMING QUEEN and JOSEPHINE "Politics, historical detail and unfulfilled love in Alison Weir's endlessly fascinating account of Elizabeth I's attempt reconcile her personal passions with public life ... The sheer weight of Weir's scholarship underpins the narrative, making it endlessly fascinating." Sunday Express "The captivating, tempestuous, often hilarious and ultimately poignant story of the extraordinary love affair between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley" Historical Novel Review "With the vogue for Tudor history at its height, this is a brilliant novel that focuses on the volatile relationship with Elizabeth I and the charismatic Lord Dudley." Woman and Homeshow more

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‘Elizabeth explodes from the page, a full-blooded woman, all desire, passion and vulnerability . . . a breathtaking story of secrets and lies.’ Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen and Josephineshow more

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"[Weir] gets right inside the head of the Virgin Queen. The reader has a blissful sense of seeing history as it happens."show more

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Their affair is the scandal of Europe. Queen Elizabeth presents herself as the Virgin Queen but cannot resist her dashing but married Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley. Many believe them to be lovers, and there are scurrilous rumours that Elizabeth is no virgin at all. The formidable young Queen is regarded by most of Christendom as a bastard, a heretic and a usurper, yet many princes covet Tudor England and seek her hand in marriage. Desperately insecure, Elizabeth embarks on a perilous balancing act, using sex and high-powered diplomacy to play what becomes known as ‘the Marriage Game’, and coquettishly dangling suitors to keep them friendly to her kingdom, while holding them off indefinitely. Elizabeth is formidably intelligent, brave and tempestuous, but because of tragic events in her past she cannot give herself to any man. It is the game of love that is the breath of life to her - the thrill of the chase, the lure of forbidden fruit. But playing this dangerous, tantalising game with Robert Dudley, the son and grandson of traitors, could cost her the throne… Elizabeth’s marriage game is played out amidst the colour and splendour of the Tudor court and the most famous events of a great age, culminating with the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. It is a dramatic, complex, often funny, and deeply poignant tale of intrigue, love and loss, and at its heart is our greatest Queen – charismatic, iconic, yet beleaguered – and the emotional truth of one of history’s most extraordinary love affairs.show more

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1,471 ratings
3.21 out of 5 stars
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4 25% (370)
3 40% (583)
2 18% (258)
1 5% (80)
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