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Ous family in the gutter and her own head on the block It would only take a single mistake a slip of the tongue an intercepted message for Penelope to become the architect of her downfallIn a world where sister is turned against brother husband against wife courtier against ueen the rules of the game are forever changingDiscover the truth in Elizabeth Fremantle's stunning new novel about an extraordinary woman who helped change the course of England's history foreverThis sumptuous historical drama is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory Hilary Mantel and Jessie Burto I enjoyed reading this book it was really interesting Recommended

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THE UEEN'S GODDAUGHTER HER MOST TRUSTED MAIDADULTRESSENEMY OF THE STATEWHO IS THE REAL PENELOPE DEVEREUXPenelope Devereux is a legendary beauty in the court of Elizabeth I with a smile that would light up the shadows of hell But it's not just her looks which have won her favour with the ueen wing; her canny instinct for being in the right place at the right time and her skilled political manoeuvrings under the guise of diplomacy have rendered her a formidable adversary to anyone who stands in her path Including Elizabeth For Penelope must secure the future of the Dev The famed beauty Penelope Devereux reported to be the muse of poet Robert Sidney was born in 1563 She s the great grand daughter of Mary Boleyn by Henry VIII and her mother is Lettice Knollys who vexed Elizabeth I by marrying her favourite Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester after Penelope s father dies Her beloved brother is Robert second Earl of Essex and she will support him in all his political endeavours even the final one view spoilerwhich will result in his execution for treason hide spoiler Reiki A Comprehensive Guide just her looks which have won her favour with the ueen wing; her canny instinct for being in the right place at the right time and her skilled political manoeuvrings under the guise of diplomacy have rendered her a formidable adversary to anyone who stands in her path Including Elizabeth For Penelope must secure the future of the Dev The famed beauty Penelope Devereux reported to be the muse of poet Robert Sidney was born in 1563 She s the great grand daughter of Mary Boleyn by Henry VIII and her mother is Lettice Knollys who vexed Elizabeth I by marrying her favourite Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester after Penelope s father dies Her beloved brother is Robert second Earl of Essex and she will support him in all his political endeavours even the final one view spoilerwhich will result in his execution for treason hide spoiler

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Ereux dynasty at whatever cost Even treason And the ueen a woman she holds responsible for the death of her father the exile of her mother and her failure to marry the one man she ever truly loved is just one pawn in a deadly gameWalking the knife edge of court whilst ensuring that her reckless brother Essex remains the only star in the ueen's firmament and out of the Tower Penelope must plan for the inevitable succession of an ailing monarch But her secret letters of friendship to a foreign King one who has a strong claim to the English throne could see her illustri Watch the lady watch and wait Lord Cecil admonishes his overeager son Water hollows a stone not by force but by falling oftenThe lady in uestion is Penelope Devereux a descendant of Mary Boleyn and therefore related to ueen Elizabeth I and the object of Robert Cecil s wrath as he tries to thwart her and her brother Essex convinced as he is that they are traitors to the ueen And plot and prod they do incessantly inexorably with dizzying highs succeeding dismal lows the wheel of political power forever turning and churning with Cecil at the top then the Devereux back again in a court intrigue that takes years until its catastrophic culminationI appreciate Elizabeth Fremantle s research and effort to bring to life an unjustly obscured footnote in history as seems to be the case with most female historical figures They have been either ignored or vilified for the most part Penelope Devereux is after all the inspiration of poet Philip Sidney who was the foremost poet of his day dedicating his Stella poem to her And it is even suggested that Shakespeare in a delightful cameo used her as muse when he wrote his Dark Lady although the author admits this is purely speculative as are most of the personal details of Lady Penelope s character and motivations What is clear is that Penelope Devereux was definitely a strong player in Elizabeth s court being herself related to the ueen and even rud to share the same royal blood through her ancestor Mary Boleyn And there is no uestion that she played a crucial role in one of the most infamous episodes of Elizabeth s reign which historians primarily pin on her brother Lord Essex I did overall enjoy this story especially because of the writing style Though it is thinner than Hilary Mantel s wonderfully complex and deep portrayal of Thomas Cromwell undoubtedly because as a male historical figure there was a lot material to draw upon whereas Fremantle had to kind of make it up as she went along this historical fiction is delightfully filled with bon mots vivid metaphors and it is also liberally sprinkled with carefully chosen beautiful verses from the eraPenelope remembers as a child when her mother would come to tuck her in before going to a party at court As she leaned in to kiss her daughter those jewels would tumble forward with a soft clatter like rain on a windowGrowing up she reflects on her naivety when she first arrives at Elizabeth s court as a young girl The hardened courtier she is now is different from that girl as an egg from an oyster When the pain of her broken heart is too much to bear Penelope enclosed her heart in a membrane like a baby born in the caul so it was inaccessible even to her Sidney s unreuited love poem to her catches onto the dry kindling of her sadness as she began to understand that this marks in ink on a sheaf of pages was the intimate articulation of Sidney s love a true likeness of his heart In the throes of overwhelming sorrow and grief she knows her duty is to hold herself together on the surface all the while beneath she felt herself crumbling like plasterwork in an abandoned buildingDespite all these beautiful evocative words I wish the subject the author had chosen could be inspiring but it is difficult for me to connect with the troop of bumbling fools that Penelope is supposed to have inspired into mounting a disastrous coup against Elizabeth I Fremantle goes to great length to drive the proposition that Lady Penelope is a she wolf to match Elizabeth I and had she but been born a man she would have been an eual match to the ueen but I think she does not make her case here I would recommend this book strictly for fans of Tudor historical fiction who want to re live the era through a fresh pair of eyes and rather obscure historical figure Fabriuer sa lessive son dentifrice son shampoing ses produits d'entretien just one pawn in a deadly gameWalking the knife edge of court whilst ensuring that her reckless brother Essex remains the only star in the ueen's firmament and out of the Tower Penelope must plan for the inevitable succession of an ailing monarch But her secret letters of friendship to a foreign King one who has a strong claim to the English throne could see her illustri Watch the lady watch and wait Lord Cecil admonishes his overeager son Water hollows a stone not by force but by falling oftenThe lady in uestion is Penelope Devereux a descendant of Mary Boleyn and therefore related to ueen Elizabeth I and the object of Robert Cecil s wrath as he tries to thwart her and her brother Essex convinced as he is that they are traitors to the ueen And plot and prod they do incessantly inexorably with dizzying highs succeeding dismal lows the wheel of political power forever turning and churning with Cecil at the top then the Devereux back again in a court intrigue that takes years until its catastrophic culminationI appreciate Elizabeth Fremantle s research and effort to bring to life an unjustly obscured footnote in history as seems to be the case with most female historical figures They have been either ignored or vilified for the most part Penelope Devereux is after all the inspiration of poet Philip Sidney who was the foremost poet of his day dedicating his Stella poem to her And it is even suggested that Shakespeare in a delightful cameo used her as muse when he wrote his Dark Lady although the author admits this is purely speculative as are most of the personal details of Lady Penelope s character and motivations What is clear is that Penelope Devereux was definitely a strong player in Elizabeth s court being herself related to the ueen and even rud to share the same royal blood through her ancestor Mary Boleyn And there is no uestion that she played a crucial role in one of the most infamous episodes of Elizabeth s reign which historians primarily pin on her brother Lord Essex I did overall enjoy this story especially because of the writing style Though it is thinner than Hilary Mantel s wonderfully complex and deep portrayal of Thomas Cromwell undoubtedly because as a male historical figure there was a lot material to draw upon whereas Fremantle had to kind of make it up as she went along this historical fiction is delightfully filled with bon mots vivid metaphors and it is also liberally sprinkled with carefully chosen beautiful verses from the eraPenelope remembers as a child when her mother would come to tuck her in before going to a party at court As she leaned in to kiss her daughter those The Burning The Haunting of Grey Hills jewels would tumble forward with a soft clatter like rain on a windowGrowing up she reflects on her naivety when she first arrives at Elizabeth s court as a young girl The hardened courtier she is now is different from that girl as an egg from an oyster When the pain of her broken heart is too much to bear Penelope enclosed her heart in a membrane like a baby born in the caul so it was inaccessible even to her Sidney s unreuited love poem to her catches onto the dry kindling of her sadness as she began to understand that this marks in ink on a sheaf of pages was the intimate articulation of Sidney s love a true likeness of his heart In the throes of overwhelming sorrow and grief she knows her duty is to hold herself together on the surface all the while beneath she felt herself crumbling like plasterwork in an abandoned buildingDespite all these beautiful evocative words I wish the subject the author had chosen could be inspiring but it is difficult for me to connect with the troop of bumbling fools that Penelope is supposed to have inspired into mounting a disastrous coup against Elizabeth I Fremantle goes to great length to drive the proposition that Lady Penelope is a she wolf to match Elizabeth I and had she but been born a man she would have been an eual match to the ueen but I think she does not make her case here I would recommend this book strictly for fans of Tudor historical fiction who want to re live the era through a fresh pair of eyes and rather obscure historical figure


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  1. says:

    The famed beauty Penelope Devereux reported to be the muse of poet Robert Sidney was born in 1563 She’s the great grand daughter of Mary Boleyn by Henry VIII and her mother is Lettice Knollys who vexed Elizabeth I by marrying her favourite Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester after Penelope’s father dies Her beloved brother is Robert second Earl of Essex and she will support him in all his political endeavours even the final one view spoile

  2. says:

    Once again Elizabeth Fremantle fails to impressPenelope Devereux the sister to Robert led a very exciting life during the Renaissance reign of Elizabeth I and I've tried to read every book I could find about herWith such riches from which to mine when writing this book Fremantle's characters never come alive and the book is never excitingFor new readers just discovering this subject I imagine it would be a very exciting

  3. says:

    For many of us history buffs the story of the Earl of Essex is well known but not so much the story of his older sister Penelope The author of this book expressed her desire to adhere to historical fact whenever possible but she oft

  4. says:

    This was another great read by Elizabeth Freemantle This time she delves into the later years of the reign of Elizabeth I by telling the story of Penelope Devereux lady in waiting to Elizabeth and sister of Elizabeth's favorite of the time; the second Earl of Essex Robert DevereuxWhat I loved most about this novel was how the author was able to create the atmosphere of backbiting and jealously in Elizabeth's c

  5. says:

    I liked that this was about completely different members of the Tudor MessStill this dragged in places and was too romantic for me

  6. says:

    Watch the lady; watch and wait Lord Cecil admonishes his overeager son Water hollows a stone not by force but by falling oftenThe lady in uestion is Penelope Devereux a descendant of Mary Boleyn and therefore related to ueen Elizabeth I and the object of Robert Cecil's wrath as he tries to thwart her and her brother Essex convinced as he is that they are traitors to the ueen And plot and prod they do incessa

  7. says:

    I've given this an A B for narration and a B for content at AudioGalsWatch the Lady is a fascinating piece of historical fiction ba

  8. says:

    I enjoyed reading this book it was really interesting Recommended

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    Really enjoyed Recommended

  10. says:

    What a wonderful book A fascinating look at the last 15 years or so of Elizabeth I's reign a time that rarely receives attention focusing on charismatic siblings and Elizabeth's favourites Penelope Devereux and the Earl of Essex