Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court by Nicola Tallis

Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court

A kinswoman to Elizabeth I, Lettice Knollys had begun the Queen’s glittering reign basking in favor and success.  It was an honor that she would enjoy for two decades. However, on the morning of September 21st, 1578, Lettice made a fateful decision.  When the Queen learned of it, the consequences were swift. Lettice had dared to marry without the Queen’s consent.  But wors...

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  • Orsolya
    Readers of Elizabethan history are familiar with the figurehead of Lettice Knollys: a kinswoman of Elizabeth, Lettice became Elizabeth’s direct rival by marrying her royal favorite and husband-in-everything-but-name, Robert Dudley. Lettice lived a life of intrigue which more-than merits a full-...
  • Adrienne Dillard
    Three little words.  When separate or combined with nearly any other words in the English language, they seem innocuous.  Downright innocent, even. When you string them together, well that’s when they become the hardest words to say: I was wrong.  Yes, you read that right.  I was...
  • Helen Carolan
    An interesting read about Lettice Knollys, the woman who managed to steal the earl of Leicester from under queen Elizabeth 1st's nose. Considering she lived a long life through an incredible period very little has been written about her before. Here Tallis gives a wonderful account of a woman who wa...
  • Janet Russell
    A long winded tale!Heard of the lovely lady Essex! The lady who stole Elizabeth I paramour but never knew the details until now! She had a long and varied life Long being literal in the length of this book very long indeed! If you ever wanted to know about this famous lady this is the book for you!...
  • Rebecca Hill
    Elizabeth I was the glittering jewel in her court, and she was unwilling to share any of the limelight with anyone. As her reign progressed, she made her feelings on marriage well known, and many in her court were afraid to ask her permission to get married. Some married in secret, and for those unf...
  • Mike Shoop
    Excellent, readable, well-researched biography of Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth I's greatest romantic rival. She was the queen's own close kinswoman and even resembled her, yet when Lettice dared to marry in secret in 1578, she incurred the wrath of the queen, especially because she wed the queen's own...
  • Parker
    This is the first biography of Lettice Knollys, the woman who stole Robert Dudley's heart. Tallis puts her life into larger perspective of the Elizabethan era, dealing a lot with the politics. I really enjoyed the book (must admit that I'm biased, as Lettice is one of my favourite people of this era...
  • G. Lawrence
    Excellent book, well written and researched. A treat for any Tudor fan....
  • Liz
    While I had some knowledge of Lettice Knollys prior to this book, it was pretty limited to knowing she married Elizabeth I favorite Robert Dudley and payed the price. This was a well researched and interesting look at a woman who lived through the reigns of the Tudors to the Stuarts pretty much in t...

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