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ELIZABETH - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her: A Series of Biographical Sketches from the Elizabethan Court [Kindle Edition]

Robert Stephen Parry
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The Elizabethan golden age was peopled by a court of flamboyant and devoted men - each one unique, ambitious and talented. At its centre was a woman, Elizabeth, the Tudor princess who succeeded to the throne of England in 1558 and who vowed to her Parliament to remain unwed and a Virgin Queen for the rest of her life. How did such a diverse group of red-blooded men view their ‘Gloriana?’ What were their aims and intentions? What were their dreams? And just how did Elizabeth manage to control and manipulate them? A unique blend of fact and fiction brings the Elizabethan court and its inhabitants to life in an evocative series of biographical sketches that will inform and entertain in equal measure.


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About the Author

Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with interests in a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan England, through 18th Century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian Gothic and the Belle Époque. A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting. For more, please visit: robertstephenparry.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2519 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LG6WD9S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with an interest in a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan England, through 18th Century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian Gothic and the Belle Époque.
A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting. Publications to date include:

2015 'THE HOURS BEFORE - A Story of Mystery and Suspense from the Belle Époque'
2014 'ELIZABETH - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.'
2013 'WILDISH - A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love'
2011 'THE ARROW CHEST - A Victorian Mystery'
2009 'VIRGIN AND THE CRAB - Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor'

For more, please visit: http://www.robertstephenparry.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tudor Treasure 11 July 2014
Format:Paperback
Having read and loved Robert Parry’s novels ‘Virgin & the Crab’ and ‘The Arrow Chest’, I could not wait to get my hands on Parry’s latest book ‘Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her.’
As the title suggests, the book is a series of short biographies of some of Elizabeth’s favoured courtiers and advisers, including Thomas Seymour, Robert Dudley, John Dee, Christopher Hatton, William Cecil and Robert Devereux. At the completion of each ‘biographical sketch’, Parry rates each man’s accomplishments and qualities using a cheeky Tudor Rose rating system, which imbues the work with humour and charm. I couldn’t agree more with William Cecil’s five out of five star rating or Dudley’s four out of five stars, after all, he had his faults but like Elizabeth, we love him anyway!

While I enjoyed learning about each of these men and their love for ‘Gloriana’, what sets this book apart is that each factual entry is followed by an entertaining and lighthearted fictional vignette, where Parry brings the characters and Elizabeth’s relationships spectacularly to life.

As we’re told in the preface, the story of Elizabeth and her men is delivered as a series of lectures, based on a conference the author himself attended over a weekend some years ago. So convincing is Parry, I was certain the lectures and the Elizabethan manor house where the retreat took place were real, only to be gently informed by the author that this too was part of the tale! Parry’s ability to effortlessly cocoon fact within a story, within another story, while not compromising on the integrity of the work, will not fail to impress.

A clever mix of fact and fiction, this book will inform and entertain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabethan Elegance 2 July 2014
Format:Paperback
This little book, presented as a series of light-hearted lectures, fills you in on the different men in the life of Elizabeth I, from father figures to friends and lovers. There is a handy timeline to show you where their influence was felt in the period and a charming Tudor rose rating at the end of each entry. To give you some idea of exactly what the relationship was like, at the end of each factual description of a player in the court, there is a scene which helps you see precisely how Elizabeth felt about them.

I loved this book because I had only a sketchy knowledge of Elizabethan history, garnered from Tudor-tastic television and film and the occasional lecture from Mr Walker. I adore that part of the National Portrait Gallery and really wanted to learn more, but there didn't seem to be a handy character guide. Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her is concise, understandable without being simplistic and enormously entertaining. Mr Parry has a gift for making his nonfiction as engaging as his fiction and so you instantly get where people fitted into Elizabeth's social circle. Each of the relationships also enabled you to understand the Queen a little better through the people she surrounded herself with.

I merrily galloped through The Virgin and The Crab, Mr Parry's debut novel, and this acts as a handy companion piece in many ways, lending a little more non-fiction background to the story. There are so many fascinating men in Elizabethan history, it was interesting to read about their influence and relationship to the monarch, and in turn her influence over them. As with all of Mr Parry's works, the descriptions are beautiful and the dialogue well observed. This should definitely go onto your summer reading list - a pocket sized guide that you will come away from better informed and entertained. Gorgeous stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting little read. 16 Aug. 2014
By molly
Format:Paperback
An enjoyable and informative little read. Ideal to pop into your case when going away, and easy to read. Rob always has a touch of amusement in his writing, and manages to find a different angle to write from, which adds to the enjoyment.

So nice to have a book of this size to read for a change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts meet fiction in a delightful way! 7 Dec. 2014
By Eliza
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this little book. I love how Robert Parry managed to give subtle hints of humour in his writing and I also enjoyed reading about different men in Elizabeth's life, especially because I didn't know a lot about many of them (I am mostly interested in Henry VIII's court).
The lecture idea was entertaining and the vignettes (small fictional stories about each of the men) delightful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 30 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would not have given this book any stars had it not been compulsory to give one at least. Terrible lay out, terrible presentation, as a conference not a proper assessment of the men in the life of Elizabeth. Too shallow and poorly written. The worst historical book I have ever read.
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