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Death and the Virgin Queen : Elizabeth I and the dark scandal that rocked the throne

by Skidmore, Chris, 1981-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection DA355.S55 2011
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA355.S55 2011
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 941.055 Ski
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In the tradition of Alison Weir's New York Times bestselling Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, comes the most sensational crime story of Tudor England. On the morning of September 8, 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I's great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth's own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth's reign.Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart's death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth's life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England's Virgin Queen.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Historian Skidmore reaches back in time to investigate an unsolved mystery steeped in passion, jealousy, and drama. When Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I's rumored paramour, died under questionable circumstances in 1560, suspicion immediately fell upon the unfortunate Dudley. Though Amy's death was eventually ruled an accident, many, believing that it was either suicide or murder, were convinced that a royal cover-up had ensued. Unearthing new evidence, including the original coroner's report, Skidmore revisits the case with a scholar's eye and a detective's intuition. Though he does not entirely solve this intriguing historical whodunit, he does shed new light on the entire episode. Despite the passage of time and the lack of absolute proof, Skidmore still manages to fashion this into a gripping read with an abundance of Tudor appeal.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 1560 Amy Robsart, the wife of Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I's favorite courtier, was found dead at the foot of a staircase with a broken neck, resulting in rumors that Robert had killed her in order to marry the queen, rumors that circulated even after a jury voted the death accidental. As Amy was of inferior social rank, the 10-year marriage was likely a love match. The couple were childless and often apart for months, and Amy's constant absence from court fueled speculation she suffered from breast cancer or some other illness. Skidmore (Edward VI) rejects the theory that Amy committed suicide but speculates that she fell from a short flight of stairs because of high levels of calcium in her blood due to cancer. Skidmore even considers the possibility that Dudley's servants, without their master's knowledge, slowly poisoned her, and finally resorted to breaking her neck. As Skidmore mines Robert's correspondence, the coroner's report on Amy, and ambassadors' dispatches, Tudor England in all its rich complexity springs to vivid life in a tantalizing, authoritative, and in-depth analysis of a centuries-old mystery that continues to stir imaginations. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603.
Leicester, Robert Dudley, -- Earl of, -- 1532?-1588.
Dudley, Amy Robsart, -- Lady, -- 1532-1560.
Favorites, Royal -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2011
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Other Titles Death and the virgin
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: Death and the virgin. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2010.
Description 430 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 408-419) and index.
ISBN 9780312379001
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