- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Hutchinson (26 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091930863
- ISBN-13: 978-0091930868
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Marriage Game Paperback – 26 Jun 2014
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"[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)
"Elizabeth explodes from the page, a full-blooded woman, all desire, passion and vulnerability . . . a breathtaking story of secrets and lies." (Kate Williams, author of BECOMING QUEEN and JOSEPHINE)
"Politics, historical detail and unfulfilled love in Alison Weir's endlessly fascinating account of Elizabeth I's attempt reconcile her personal passions with public life . . . The sheer weight of Weir’s scholarship underpins the narrative, making it endlessly fascinating." (Sunday Express)
"The captivating, tempestuous, often hilarious and ultimately poignant story of the extraordinary love affair between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley" (Historical Novel Review)
"With the vogue for Tudor history at its height, this is a brilliant novel that focuses on the volatile relationship with Elizabeth I and the charismatic Lord Dudley." (Woman and Home)
Bestselling historian Alison Weir brings all her knowledge of Elizabeth I to vivid life in a novel of intrigue, sex, plots, mysteries and tragedies, with all the colour and pageantry of the Tudor court.See all Product Description
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Weir's highly readable and very well written tale presents Elizabeth as part minx and part Gloriana. The vexed questions are all dealt with imaginatively: do she and Dudley have a full sexual relationship, is she so psychologically damaged by her mother's fate that marriage and motherhood are genuinely terrifying to her, or does she simply not want to share her power or be governed by a man? The other mystery of course is that surrounding the death of Dudley's wife, Amy, conveniently parked in the country and clearly unwell. If it were to look as if she has been murdered by Dudley, and not simply taken a fatal fall, one wonders who has most to gain and that is possibly actually not Dudley himself, as a man with such a tarnished reputation will not make good marriage material in the eyes of the world, and Mr Secretary Cecil no longer has the handsome Robert as a significant problem.
These conundrums are all addressed in a cracking work of fiction, which I highly recommend as a page turner that any fan of Tudor fiction will thoroughly enjoy.
The characters are dull and unlikable with Elizabeth just being demanding, spoilt and playing games all the time (ok I know she was a little like that but she must of had some redeeming qualities), Robert is seen as niave and nothing to offer but his good looks while Lettice is just a screeching brat.
Please Alison go back to your traditional writing styles.
Elizabeth herself kept her people and her councillors guessing just about her whole reign as to the marriage question, or the “marriage game” as Alison Weir has rightly termed it in this novel. Elizabeth’s heart may have been given to Robert Dudley, but he was unacceptable to many for multiple reasons – he was married when Elizabeth became queen, and his wife’s fate only heightened Dudley’s unsuitability to be husband to Elizabeth. Politically Elizabeth could have chosen her sister’s widower, or a French prince, or any other suitably titled and acceptable candidate. But for many reasons, both political and personal Elizabeth ruled alone. All that is widely known, but Alison Weir has taken that and woven it into a magical novel of Elizabeth the woman, and Elizabeth the Queen.Read more ›
If you have read more than a few romances you will almost certainly have encountered some in which an infuriating heroine who cannot make up her mind leads the hero and often a host of other suitors a merry and highly frustrating dance. Both in real history and in this book, "Good Queen Bess" absolutely was that girl. Hence when I say that the book is sometimes maddening I mean that one identifies sufficiently with the characters to find Queen Elizabeth's behaviour maddening - as it was, although this book helps you get inside her thoughts enough to understand why she behaved the way she did.
When she came to the throne Queen Elizabeth already had good reason to be fearful and cautious about the dangers of love. She had been two years old when her father had her mother beheaded. A year after that the Queen for whom Henry VII disposed of her mother, Jane Seymour, died in childbed. When she was fourteen her last stepmother, Catherine Parr, also died in childbed. And shortly after that her stepfather Thomas Seymour who had married Henry VIII's widow Catherine Parr, was beheaded for High Treason on a number of grounds, one of which was that he behaved with improper familiarity towards Princess Elizabeth. This may have been part of a treasonous plot to marry her and gain the throne. Whether or not that was the case, the Regency council headed by Seymour's own brother were sufficiently convinced of it to have him executed.
Having seen so many of those who were close to her die in such circumstances, Elizabeth had every reason to know that love could be dangerous.Read more ›
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This is a really good book which I enjoyed very much. The only reason I have not given 5 stars is because it does become rather repetitive how Queen E. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
"Decisions, decisions, decisions" seems to be the reappearing theme for this tale of the private and court life of Queen Elizabeth I. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elspeth G. Perkin
This is my first Weir book and I'll struggle to read anymore. This was so boring. I skipped pages trying to find some of the interesting history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca
Excellent book from the equally excellent Alison Weir. The well known story of Elizabeth 1 is told with some interesting viewpoints.Published 3 months ago by KazzaK
Queen Elizabeth favours Robert Dudley, and their affair is the talk of all Europe.Many believe them to be lovers and Elizabeth may not be the virgin queen after all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tinalouise1969
Vintage Weir, always a pleasure but a long chalk from her more recent tomes. An easy read describing Elizabeth's shrewdness in keeping herself apart from ministerial schemes... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ann coleman
The word "yuck" springs to mind all too readily. Half-way through and I have just given up in disgust. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sulphonamide