The Men Who Would Be King

The Men Who Would Be King : The Courtships of Queen Elizabeth I

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"Splendid stuff, 'history with attitude.' Written with energy and aplomb."
--The Times (London)

The colorful, often tempestuous courtships of Queen Elizabeth I of England (the "virgin Queen") are brought to breathtaking life in The Men Who Would Be King, a thrilling, utterly fascinating popular history by Josephine Ross. The highly respected author of The Winter Queen and The Tudors, Ross captures all the splendors of the royal court, and all the delicious intrigues surrounding the romances of the powerful daughter of King Henry VIII during her glorious reign. The Men Who Would Be King is spirited British history, captivating and eminently readable, that will equally delight fans of historical nonfiction, Tudor aficionados, and anyone who loves the bestselling novels of Philippa Gregory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 16mm | 181.44g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062190881
  • 9780062190888
  • 826,932

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"Splendid stuff, 'history with attitude.' Written with energy and aplomb, it is a stirring and yet salutory story, well told."--The Times (London)
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Courting the Virgin Queen

For more than half a century, Elizabeth I was pursued by kings, princes, and nobles from across Europe. During the marriage negotiations, romance blended with diplomacy as suitor after suitor endeavored to ally himself with her in the most intimate of treaties. Yet not one of these illustrious rivals managed to secure his quarry. Even Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester--the most persistent of all the suitors to the queen--never won her, though he was dearly loved by Elizabeth all her life.

Why did so many fail? Was Her Majesty haunted by the six marriages of her father, Henry VIII? Was her traumatic early love affair with Thomas Seymour, a man who was effectively her stepfather, to blame? Or was Elizabeth simply in love with the chase?

A fascinating chronicle filled with romance and intrigue, Josephine Ross's The Men Who Would Be King tells the riveting true story of the greatest hunt in history: the pursuit of the Virgin Queen.
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