By Jean Plaidy
Torn among her heart’s ardour and accountability to her state, a tender queen makes a dismal selection…
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester used to be the main strong guy in England through the reign of Elizabeth I. good-looking and shrewdpermanent, he drew the curiosity of many women—but it used to be Elizabeth herself that liked him better of all. Their dating may have culminated in marriage yet for the lifestyles of Amy Robsart, Robert's tragic younger spouse, who stood among them and refused to be swept away to fulfill a monarch’s wish for a guy that used to be no longer rightfully her personal. but if Amy unexpectedly dies, less than conditions that many deem to be mysterious at most sensible, the Queen and her lover are positioned lower than a gloomy cloud of suspicion, and Elizabeth is compelled to select that might outline her legacy.
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His father was speaking. The well-remembered voice rose and fell, but the boy did not hear what he said. Then all was silent again until there came a shuddering gasp from the crowd. John now knew that he was fatherless. He stood, helpless and bewildered, not knowing whether to turn shuddering away or to run forward and look with the crowd at his father’s blood. ” He wondered why he did not cry. He felt that he never would cry again. The shouting people, the gray fortress, the sullen river—they seemed so indifferent to the plight of one more orphan.
It is the late King against whom the people cry out. ” The boy clenched his fists. “To be a scapegoat! I like that not. ” Then suddenly he began to cry, and the man, walking beside him, helplessly watched the tears roll down his cheeks. Sir Richard understood. It was natural that the boy should cry. He did not speak for some seconds, then he said: “This day you shall come home with me. Nay, do not concern yourself. I have seen your mother. ” They had now reached the river’s edge where a barge was waiting; and as they went slowly up the river, the sobs which shook the young body became less frequent.
The Princess laughed and stamped the floor with her foot. ” she commanded. ” Robert ignored her: “I was about to say, your Royal Highness, that I would not bandy words with another in your presence. ” “Yes, yes,” said Edward. ” “If I have the esteem of your Royal Highness, I wish for no other,” said Robert pointedly. Then the Princess looked again at him and she continued to look. His dark hair curled about his neck. Beside him poor Edward looked more puny than ever. Robert’s skin was pink and healthy; poor Edward suffered so from spots and rashes.