Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Rival to the Queen Title: Rival to the Queen
Author: Carolly Erickson
Available: September 28, 2010 by St. Martin's Press
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a novel about the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her fascinating cousin, Lettice Knollys, for the love of one extraordinary man Powerful, dramatic and full of the rich history that has made Carolly Erickson’s novels perennial bestsellers, this is the story of the only woman to ever stand up to the Virgin Queen— her own cousin, Lettie Knollys. Far more attractive than the queen, Lettie soon won the attention of the handsome and ambitious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a man so enamored of the queen and determined to share her throne that it was rumored he had murdered his own wife in order to become her royal consort. The enigmatic Elizabeth allowed Dudley into her heart, and relied on his devoted service, but shied away from the personal and political risks of marriage. When Elizabeth discovered that he had married her cousin Lettie in secret, Lettie would pay a terrible price, fighting to keep her husband’s love and ultimately losing her beloved son, the Earl of Essex, to the queen’s headsman. This is the unforgettable story of two women related by blood, yet destined to clash over one of Tudor England’s most charismatic men.
I loved books set in Tudor England, and Queen Elizabeth I is a particular fascination of mine.  I know a little bit about Lettice, but she always has such a small part in books about Queen Elizabeth I.  I think this one sounds great!



  1. Wow, this seems like an amazing historical read. Awesome pick!

  2. I love reading books set in Tudor England as well, even though I never seem to read that many. This sounds like an awesome book...great pick!


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