My Enemy the Queen Author:Victoria Holt This is a Book Club Edition ...no ISBN found. From the inside flap: — This is a novel about the only woman who ever challenged Elizabeth I, the only woman who became the great Queen's rival in love. Elizabeth passionately loved only two men in all her life: the Earl of Leicester and the Earl of Essex. Yet one woman perpetually stood in the Que... more »en's way. She was the beautiful Lettice Devereux. It was Lettice who actually married Leicester, stealing the Earl right from under the Queen's nose, thwarting her iron will. And, astonishingly enough, it was also that very Lettice who was the mother of the Queen's beloved Essex, the handsome Earl who one day would break the Queen's heart. Lettice was the constant figure in the triangle of love surrounding Elizabeth.
Written as though the impetuous, willful Lettice had herself composed it, this fascinating novel tells the story of their great rivalry - in love and in power. As lover, wife and mother, we see the young maid of honor - who shared the Queen's own Boleyn blood - as she reaches out eagerly to embrace the glamour and treacherous excitement of Elizabeth's court; as she schemes to ensnare the royal favorite for herself and begins to learn the full meaning of the phrase "my enemy the Queen"; as wife to the kingdom's most powerful man, banished forever from the court she loved so well; as mother and, in the end, mourner of heroic son who caught the royal fancy and lost his head.
This marvelously entertaining novel is a unique view of England's glorious age, seen through the not always flattering eyes of a woman who knew the mind and heart of the Virgin Queen as few ever did. It is a story only history could create. A novel only Victoria Hold could write.« less