The Marriage Game: A Novel Of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir



 In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England’s most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley.

Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing—though married—Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth’s heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert’s child. 
Events take a dark turn when Robert’s wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.

With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir explores one of history’s most provocative “Did they or didn’t they?” debates. The Marriage Game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty—over her country and herself.


This is one of my favorite time periods. Queen Elizabeth I was an exceptional woman. She was a strong, smart leader and this book enhances that truth.  

Queen Elizabeth’s parliament and counsellors insisted that she marry for various reasons.  Two of the main reasons were for an heir and because a woman is not strong enough to rule alone (boy! Did she prove them wrong!). She fought them tooth and nail all through her reign. She would consent then changed her mind….again and again. 

Alison Weir paints a wonderful picture of this time and of the love between the Queen and her Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley.  However, this is a story just about Queen Elizabeth’s marriage dealings. The subject was a little monotonous, and if I thought that I can only imagine how the Queen felt. 

I received this novel from Netgalley for an honest review. 


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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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6 Responses to  The Marriage Game: A Novel Of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

  1. Sabiscuit says:

    I just love Weir’s work. Fiction can be tedious at times but I love historical biographies and her fictional presentations are definitely worth the time. x

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