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The Marriage Game
by Alison Weir - kindle edition
Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries & tragedies, amid all the colour & pageantry of the Tudor court.
'[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
It was an affair that shocked the world.
Elizabeth I is the most sought-after bride in Europe.
But though she is formidably intelligent, brave & tempestuous, she is desperately insecure. The tragic events in her past mean she cannot give herself to any man, & yet she relishes the thrill of the chase, the lure of forbidden fruit.
And so, using sex & high-powered diplomacy, she plays what becomes known as the 'Marriage Game', dangling suitors to keep them friendly to her kingdom, while holding them off indefinitely.