Elizabeth's Rival
A kinswoman to Elizabeth I, Lettice Knollys had begun the Queen’s glittering reign basking in favor and success.  It was an honor that she would enjoy for two decades. However, on the morning of September 21st, 1578, Lettice made a fateful decision.  When the Queen learned of it, the consequences were swift. Lettice had dared to marry without the Queen’s consent.  But worse, her new husband was Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the Queen’s favorite and one-time suitor.Though she would not marry him herself, Elizabeth was fiercely jealous of any woman who showed an interest in Leicester. Knowing that she would likely earn the Queen’s enmity, Lettice married Leicester in secret, leading to her permanent banishment from court. Elizabeth never forgave the new Countess for what she perceived to be a devastating betrayal, and Lettice permanently forfeited her favor. She had become not just Queen Elizabeth’s adversary.  She was her rival.   But the Countess’ story does not end there.  Surviving the death of two husbands and navigating the courts of three very different monarchs: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I, Lettice’s story offers an extraordinary and intimate perspective on the world she lived in.  

Elizabeth's Rival Details

TitleElizabeth's Rival
Author
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
ISBN-139781681776576
Rating
GenreHistory, English History, Tudor Period, Nonfiction, Biography

Elizabeth's Rival Review

  • Helen Carolan
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting read about Lettice Knollys, the woman who managed to steal the earl of Leicester from under queen Elizabeth 1st's nose. Considering she lived a long life through an incredible period very little has been written about her before. Here Tallis gives a wonderful account of a woman who was totally hated by the queen and spent the whole of her marriage to the queen's favourite banished from court. Elizabeth had her revenge when she took Lettice's son the earl of Essex as her favourite An interesting read about Lettice Knollys, the woman who managed to steal the earl of Leicester from under queen Elizabeth 1st's nose. Considering she lived a long life through an incredible period very little has been written about her before. Here Tallis gives a wonderful account of a woman who was totally hated by the queen and spent the whole of her marriage to the queen's favourite banished from court. Elizabeth had her revenge when she took Lettice's son the earl of Essex as her favourite and had him executed for treason after a failed uprising. This was a terrific read.
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  • Janet Russell
    January 1, 1970
    A long winded tale!Heard of the lovely lady Essex! The lady who stole Elizabeth I paramour but never knew the details until now! She had a long and varied life Long being literal in the length of this book very long indeed! If you ever wanted to know about this famous lady this is the book for you!
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