The Virgin's Lover

The Virgin's Lover

By Philippa Gregory

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780743269261, 464pp.

Publication Date: September 2005

From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ("USA TODAY") comes a riveting and scandalous love triangle between a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition far exceeds his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.
In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen, yet one woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows that Elizabeth's ambitious leap to the throne will draw her husband back to the center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be.
Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisors warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the ambitious Robert Dudley. As the young couple falls back in love, a question hangs in the air: can he really set aside his wife and marry the queen? When Amy is found dead, Elizabeth and Dudley are suddenly plunged into a struggle for survival.

About the Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including "The Other Boleyn Girl", and is a recognized authority on women's history. Her Cousins' War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries "The White Queen". She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website,

Praise For The Virgin's Lover

"Jolly good fun."

-- Entertainment Weekly

"...expertly crafted...readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales...will be enthralled..."

-- Publishers Weekly

"No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court."

-- Romantic Times