Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143120445, 688pp.
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most complicated subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, England's greatest monarch. This magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner is George's finest-a spectacular portrait of the alluring yet elusive woman who ruled over the golden age of British history and culture. But what was she really like? In this novel, her flame-haired, look-alike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. And as Elizabeth and Lettice, two women of fierce intellect and desire, vie for power and influence, everyone in the court's orbit is drawn into the ensuing drama.