Elizabeth I -- fiction

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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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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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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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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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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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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To Shield the Queen: A Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court

By Fiona Buckley

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In order to quell widespread rumors about their supposed murderous intentions, Elizabeth I and Sir Robert Dudley dispatch one of her ladies-in-waiting, young widowed mother Ursula Blanchard, to help tend Lord Dudley's sickly wife, Amy. Despite Ursula's friendly attentions, Amy dies violently. Ursula's subsequent search for the murderer of a trusted retainer uncovers evidence of Catholic scheming and tests her love for a dashing Frenchman.

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