Friday, July 2, 2010

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I And The Earl Of Leicester-Jeane Westin

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I And The Earl Of Leicester
Jeane Westin
NAL, Aug 3 2010, $16.00
ISBN: 9780451230126

Growing up, Princess Elizabeth and Robert Dudley play together as each share a common bond of how fickle life can be in the court of her father King Henry VIII. As young adults, Princess Elizabeth became the Queen and Dudley her beloved “Robin”. Everyone expected them to marry, but she was fearful of having a spouse. Ironically that enabled him to have two other wives and many lovers though he would give all up if she married him. Angered by his women though she flirted with men, her jealous Highness at times wished otherwise as she loved her cherished Robin. Yet through all the political and personal chicanery, their love survived even after his death.

The story line is extrapolated from a deathbed love letter Sweet Robin wrote to his beloved middle aged “Virgin Queen” who chooses political sensitivities over personal desires. Although Elizabeth has been the subject of nonfiction and fictional accounts in books and movies, fans who relish historical biographic fiction especially of the British royalty will want to read Jeane Westin’s powerful look at the love between the Earl and his queen.

Harriet Klausner

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