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Lettice Knollys is Queen Elizabeth's cousin on her mother's side. Introduced to court at a very young age, her taste for the high life overtakes her and greed and jealousy of the Queen's relationship with Robert Dudley, the wild courtier and master of horse, is her running obsession. Banished by the Queen for indiscreet behaviour and a sharp tongue, Lettice marries but tires of the marriage when it fails to live up to her imagined 'ideal' life with Robert, Earl of Leicester. By creating a facade of innocence Lettice is able to return to court and the love triangle is reinstated. Outliving the Queen and Robert, Lettice only has her thoughts to comfort her as an old woman living in a Staffordshire village.
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The review of this Book prepared by lizzie

A story of love and betrayal...

Lettice married the Earl of Leicester, whom Queen Elizabeth I loved. Lettice was the mother of the Queen's beloved Earl of Essex who would one day break the Queen's heart. It was always Lettice who spoiled everything for Elizabeth.
The review of this Book prepared by Laura J. Miller

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Elizabethan era Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   arrogant    -   blissful    -   wild

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   wild    -   more bitchy/arrogant    -   demanding    -   blissful


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   80%    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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