Arbella England's Lost Queen Author:Sarah Gristwood An extraordinary life lost in history: the compelling biography of Arbella Stuart spans both Tudor and Stuart courts, and encompasses espionage, a clandestine marriage, imprisonment and eventual death in the Tower of London. — Arbella Stuart was the niece of Mary Queen of Scots and first cousin to James VI of Scotland. Acknowledged as her heir by... more » Elizabeth I, Arbella?s right to the English throne was equaled only by James. Kept under close supervision by her grandmother, but still surrounded by plots -- most of them Roman Catholic in origin -- she became an important pawn in the struggle for succession, particularly during the long, tense period when Elizabeth I lay dying. Her fate was sealed however when, upon James?s succession and having been invited back to court, Arbella made a treasonous marriage for which she was forced to flee England. She was intercepted off the coast of Calais and escorted to the Tower, where she died some years later, alone and, most probably, from starvation.
For fans of historical biography, Arbella is possibly the most romantic heroine of them all. Hers was a story just waiting to be told.« less
This book was very interesting and a pretty easy read for a history book. Arbella wasn't a main player during the 17th century, and there wasn't a whole lot of information to go on, so some people probably wouldn't be interested in this book. However, I love history, so I really enjoyed it.