Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: DEATH AND THE VIRGIN QUEEN by Chris Skidmore

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by Chris Skidmore

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 1/18/2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-37900-1
ISBN10: 0-312-37900-5
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches
 448 pages
 Includes 4 b&w photos throughout plus one 8-page color photo insert

Description (from the publisher):
In the tradition of Alison Weir’s New York Times bestselling Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, comes the most sensational crime story of Tudor England. On the morning of September 8, 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I’s great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth’s own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth’s reign.
Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart’s death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth’s life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England’s Virgin Queen.

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About the author (from the publisher):
Chris Skidmore was born in Bristol, England in 1981. His first book was Edward VI: The Lost King of England. He taught history at Bristol University is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010 he was elected as a British Member of Parliament.


Zibilee said...

This book sounds exactly like The Virgin's Lover, by Phillipa Gregory, which is a book that I didn't much care for. I think this one sounds a lot better, and am going to have to check it out. Thanks for the heads-up!

Mason Canyon said...

Sound like an intriguing read. I hadn't heard of this one. Thanks, enjoyed your review.

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bermudaonion said...

I bet a lot of people are waiting for that one.

Staci said...

I like the sound of this one and will read pretty much anything about Elizabeth!

librarypat said...

Sounds like an interesting investigation and evaluation of an historical event that overshadowed the lives of several people. Thanks for the information on the book.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds so intriguing...hope you'll enjoy it.

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TheBookGirl said...

This is a great pick :)
I love historical fiction, and this one sounds really good.

Marie said...

that sounds like so much fun! :-)

librarypat said...

I've been looking at this one. Sounds like it would be interesting.