A Court Affair – Emily Purdy

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I really enjoyed this book.

It tells the story of a love triangle between Amy Robsart and Robert Dudley who marry only for him to fall in love with Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for poor Amy. Having given nothing but love and affection to her husband; who chased her and promised her the world she died alone and afraid.  History never conclusively proving the cause of her death but the book portrays an ending that made sense to me given the descriptions of the characters throughout.

Queen Elizabeth I was an interesting woman, she married herself to England. She used men for her own amusement allowing them to believe she would marry them in exchange for jewels and trinkets but she had no intention of marrying.

It’s hard to see how her actions were really any different from how many men seduce woman to get what they want. History will always portray her in a bad light for the way she treated men but it took a lot of strength to deny her natural feelings to put her country before herself and I admire her for that.

If you enjoy historical fiction, and there is a lot of it to choose from at the moment, I would recommend this book. You couldn’t help but be drawn into the characters and wonder if the ending really was as the book portrayed or if he really did get away with murder!


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