By Victoria Holt
My Enemy the Queen tells of the competition among dominating sixteenth century girls: Lettice Knollys who's with regards to Elizabeth throughout the Boleyns; and Queen Elizabeth herself. while Elizabeth got here to the throne, Lettice used to be given a publish within the royal loved ones. the main desirable lady at court docket, she was once quickly spotted through Robert Dudley, the Queen's favorite...
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So it was small wonder that young King Edward’s sickness gave my father great misgiving. He did not, however, put himself oft the side of Northumberland. How could he, married to a Boleyn, support anyone but the Princess Elizabeth? And Elizabeth, as the King’s daughter, surely came before Lady Jane Grey. Unfortunately there was Mary—daughter of the Spanish Princess—a fierce Catholic and the King’s elder daughter. Those were days when it was necessary to be watchful. The Duke of Northumberland had staked everything on Jane Grey by marrying her to his son, Lord Guildford Dudley.
She admitted him to her Council and intimated that she wished her good cousin, Catherine—my mother—to become a lady of her Privy Chamber. We girls were jubilant. This would mean that we would go to Court at last. All those hours of musical tuition—madrigals, lute and harpsichord—all the dancing, bowing and curtsying, everything we had endured that we might comport ourselves with grace, had been worthwhile. We chattered interminably; we lay awake at night discussing our future, for we could not sleep, so excited were we.
I know it well, Your Majesty,” I told her. “Your brave words were recorded. ” She looked at me and laughed. “You amuse me, Cousin,” she said. ” Then she went on to explain: “It was all so romantic. But then anything concerned with Rob always is. He made friends with the warder’s boy, who adored him. Even little boys are aware of Robin’s charm. The boy brought him flowers and Robin sent them to me … by way of the child … and there was a note for me enclosed in them. Thus I knew he was in the Tower and where.
My Enemy, the Queen by Victoria Holt