At Elizabeth's Court

A Dead Man in Deptford

By Anthony Burgess

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In pitch-perfect and compulsively readable prose, Burgess recreates the world of Elizabethan England--from the court and its intrigue to the theater and its genius--in this life of Christopher Marlowe, murdered in suspicious circumstances in a tavern brawl in Deptford.

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All the Queen's Players

By Jane Feather

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Rosamund has two loves--sketching and the theater--and is happy to have a brother who indulges her in both. Her idyllic days draw to a close, however, when her cousin, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth, deems it time to prepare herself for marriage, and suspects that her eye for art could make her a uniquely valuable spy. Once in the queen's court in the role of a lifetime, Rosamund finds herself not truly prepared for the politics and deceit, nor the love.
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Death of the Fox: A Novel of Elizabeth and Raleigh

By George Garrett

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"A meticulous re-creation of Elizabethan England that forms a trilogy with The Succession and Entered from the Sun. Here the author delves into the story of Sir Walter Ralegh's fall from favor for alleged conspiracy against James I. Garrett transports the reader to a world of cunning, intrigue, and colorful abundance."
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I, Elizabeth: A Novel

By Rosalind Miles

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Towards the end of her long life, the queen pens a memoir recounting her triumphs and heartbreaks in this carefully researched work.
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Kenilworth: A Romance

By Sir Walter Scott

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The twelfth book in the Waverley series, the novel is based around the murder of Amy Robsart, a story told in William Julius Mickle's Cumnor Hall, one of Scott's favorite ballads as a child. The heroine Amy Robsart enters into a secret marriage with the Earl of Leicester, spurning her fiancé, Edmund Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman. A favorite of Queen Elizabeth, Leicester feels obliged to conceal his marriage in order to maintain his position at court. Having fled her father's house, Amy is therefore kept a virtual prisoner in Cumnor Place, an old country house.
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Legacy

By Susan Kay

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A lengthy, lusty, and historically detailed novel of the queen's life and loves. Winner of Britain's Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize and the Betty Trask Prize for a first novel.

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My Enemy, the Queen

By Victoria Holt

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What's one to do when "the other woman" is the Queen of England? There's little doubt that Elizabeth adored the dashing Earl of Leicester, known to his enemies at court as "the Gypsy." But when he finally tires of paying all of his devotion to the Virgin Queene, his new wife, the beautiful Lettice Devereaux, suffers the price for the queen's displeasure.

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Roanoke

By Margaret Lawrence

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Sent to the fledgling American colony of Roanoke, Gabriel North is given the task of seducing a young Indian princess for her fortune in gold and pearls, and in the process is drawn into the mystery of what really happened to the vanished English settlers on Roanoke.
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The Firedrake's Eye

By Patricia Finney

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Troubled by visions, Tom O'Bedlam, the mad son of a prominent Catholic family, wanders the London streets, where he finds evidence that his brother has launched a scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I.

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The Lady and the Poet

By Maeve Haran

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Set against the sumptuousness and intrigues of Queen Elizabeth I's court, reveals the untold love affair between the famous poet John Donne and Ann More, the passionate woman who, against all odds, became his wife.
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