The Virgin's Lover - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Philippa Gregory Abridged: 5 Compact Discs, Narrator: Graeme Malcolm — In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the peal of bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passio... more »nate love affair with the young queen.
Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is normal and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisor William Cecil 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 irresistible, ambitious Robert Dudley.
Only Robert truly revels in the opportunities of the new reign. He knows he can reclaim his destiny at Elizabeth's side. Elizabeth cannot resist his courtship, and as the young couple slowly falls in love, Robert starts to think the impossible: can he set aside his wife and marry the young queen?
Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.« less
This was my 1st audio cd set, and I have never "read" Philippa Gregory before...I thoroughly enjoyed both. I love history and her take on this real moment in time was captured brilliantly. The narrorator speaks in a British accent making the story very enjoyable to listen too since it made it much more believeable for me and easy to get into than I think an American voice would have been. I highly recommend this Audio cd to history (especially Elizabethen (SP?) buffs. Happy Listening :)
The Virgin's Lover is the love story of Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley. I expected the story to focus mainly on Elizabeth but surprisingly it was more about Robert. It gave a very detailed look into the small group of intimates in Elizabeth's life and the hardship she had in the war between being a queen and being a woman.
I think it was a good book and well written. I think a very important thing to remember when reading this book is that it is fiction. The story is based on people who actually existed but veers off from there. Ms. Gregory did her research (check her sources in the back of the book) and formulated her own version of Elizabeth's life. I didnt like how weak and wishy washy Elizabeth was but the story was very interesting none the less. It pulled me in, I was rooting for Elizabeth and Dudley for part of the book and hating them the next. I even gasped out loud at the ending.