The third book in Robin Maxwell's acclaimed Elizabethan Quartet and a Los Angeles Times bestseller—called "Tense, absorbing, highly entertaining" by Library Journal
Sexual obsession. Greed. Bitter sibling rivalry. Political ambition unto death. These constitute Henry VIII's foul legacy, his wives and children its victims. But none more able than the young Elizabeth, future Queen of England.
Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Anne Boleyn, banished from the court at the age of two, finds an unlikely ally in her father's sixth wife, Catherine Parr. A kindly woman with no children of her own, Catherine offers motherly love to the young princess and her brother Edward, and works to soften her father's heart and gain her readmittance to the Tudor fold. But when Henry dies and a ten-year-old Edward is crowned King of England, a new era of instability begins for the young and suggestible monarch, and the sister he has left behind in Chelsea House.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Catherine's new husband, Sir Thomas Seymour, has dangerous designs on the vulnerable teenage princess in his charge, and on the power to which she is key.
Robin Maxwell began writing novels about the historical figures she had been obsessing about since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Her bestselling first novel The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, won two YA awards and has been translated into fourteen languages. The Wild Irish —an epic tale of Ireland's rebel queen, Grace O'Malley—closed out her Elizabethan Quartet and is now in development for a television series. Signora Da Vinci and Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan are tales of the remarkable women behind two of the world's most beloved wildmen, Maestro Leonardo and Lord Greystoke. Robin lives with her husband of forty years, yogi Max Thomas, at High Desert Eden, a wildlife sanctuary in the Mojave Desert.
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller "Tense, absorbing, highly entertaining."—Library Journal
“An intriguing slice of Elizabethan history.”—Publishers Weekly
"Fascinating and historically accurate."—Kirkus Reviews
"I’m beginning to see Elizabeth with a new respect because of this author. . . . In fact, of all the books I’ve read on Elizabeth, Maxwell’s are among my favorites. She just has a way of making her human and likable. She has her faults, but she’s also unmistakably regal and wise. . . . Hands down Robin Maxwell wins when it comes to making a fair and interesting characterization of Queen Elizabeth I."—Historical-fiction.com