Book #3 Tudor Court

The Virgin's Lover

by Philippa Gregory

On Sale: 27/04/2005


About the Book

A sumptuous historical novel set in the court of Elizabeth I, from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

Now I can be the queen that my mother intended me to be . . . the queen I was born to be.

1558. After years of waiting, Princess Elizabeth accedes to the throne of England.

But the country is divided, the restoration of the Protestant faith ignites opposition from the church and beyond, and court remains a treacherous place.

Many believe that Elizabeth must marry if she is to survive. For Robert Dudley, Elizabeth's ascension is a glorious new dawn, and he quickly positions himself as the young queen's favourite. Dudley is a man of powerful lineage; his father had been a kingmaker at the court of Henry VIII. But Dudley has many enemies, amongst them William Cecil, the queen's most trusted advisor.

As powerful families vie for stakes in the emerging kingdom, Elizabeth must secure her own future.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007147311
  • ISBN 10: 0007147317
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 27/04/2005
  • Pages: 496
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of many bestselling novels.  Works that have been adapted for television and film include <i>A Respectable Trade</i>, <i>The Other Boleyn Girl</i> and <i>The Queen's Fool</i>. Philippa founded the charity: <i>Gardens for the Gambia</i> over twenty years ago which has raised funds and paid for over 200 wells in the primary schools of this African country.Philippa Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.

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