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The Queen's bastard

by Maxwell, Robin, 1948-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC MAX
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MAX
Could England's Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, have borne her lover, Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a son? Most historians dismiss such tales as idle gossip, but others speak of a young man named Arthur Dudley. Set against the background of the Spanish Armada's invasion of England in 1588, The Queen's Bastard artfully weaves parallel tales. The first is told in memoir form by Arthur, who, having been exchanged at birth by Elizabeth's intimates for a stillborn baby, grows up as a country gentleman, never knowing his real identity. A dreamer, a romantic, a magnificent horseman, young Arthur sets off to fight Philip II of Spain. The second story follows the lifelong affair between Elizabeth and Leicester, whose love has only been strengthened after the presumed loss of their child. The two stories collide when Arthur learns from his adoptive father on his deathbed who his true parents are.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Maxwell's second novel (after The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn) breathes extraordinary life into the scandals, political intrigue and gut-wrenching battles that typified Queen Elizabeth's reignÄas seen through the eyes of Arthur Dudley, the man who may have been the illegitimate progeny of the Virgin Queen and her beloved Master of the Horse, Robin Dudley. Arthur's first-person narration is cleverly juxtaposed with third-person dramatization of significant events in the queen's life, bringing an intricate authenticity to the possibility that Elizabeth gave birth to a bastard son. Maxwell's research examines the biographical gaps in, and documented facts about, the queen's life, making this incredible tale plausible, and the author aptly embellishes her story with rich period details and the epic dramas of the late 16th century. Switched at birth with a baby's corpse by a lady-in-waiting who foresaw the disastrous political consequences of a royal bastard, the infant is raised in the English countryside, where he is abused by his adoptive mother. Only his adoptive father, Robert Southern, knows his true background, and it is only when Southern lies dying that he reveals the secret to Arthur. The circumstances leading to Arthur's reunion with his father and finally his mother range from the young man's military training in Wales and encampment in the Netherlands to his post as a spy in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, all played out against the backdrop of England's defeat of the Spanish Armada. The novel falters only with an abundance of references to Anne Boleyn's diary (coy allusions to the author's first novel), but this minor affectation defuses none of the powerfully lascivious intersections of sexual and international politics that, combined with Maxwell's electrifying prose, here make for enthralling historical fiction. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Leicester, Robert Dudley, -- Earl of, -- 1532?-1588 -- Family -- Fiction.
Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Arcade Pub. :1999
Distributed by Time Warner Trade Pub.,
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description viii, 436 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 1559704756
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