Death and the Virgin Queen

Elizabeth I and the Dark Scandal That Rocked the Throne

Chris Skidmore

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In the tradition of Alison Weir’s New York Times bestselling Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, comes the most sensational crime story of Tudor England.

On the morning of September 8, 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I’s great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth’s own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth’s reign.

Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart’s death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth’s life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England’s Virgin Queen.

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Chris Skidmore

Chris Skidmore was born in Bristol, England in 1981. His first book was Edward VI: The Lost King of England. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Bristol University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010 he was elected as a British Member of Parliament.
 

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Death and the Virgin Queen
Elizabeth I and the Dark Scandal That Rocked the Throne
Chris Skidmore

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250001603
ISBN10: 1250001609
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 456 pages, Includes 4 b&w photos throughout plus one 8-page b&w photo insert
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
January 2011
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ISBN: 9781429989572
ISBN10: 1429989572
448 pages
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