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The Queen's Bastard

Historians have long whispered that Elizabeth "the Virgin Queen's" passionate lifelong affair with Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester, may have led to the birth of a son, Arthur Dudley. 

In this sequel to The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell fashions a believable fictional account of the child switched at birth by a lady-in-waiting who foresaw the dangerous political consequences of a royal bastard. 

Set against the sweeping, meticulously rendered backdrop of court life from London to Madrid, and England's battle against the Spanish Armada, The Queen's Bastard deftly juxtaposes Elizabeth and Leicester's tumultuous relationship with the memoirs of the adventurous son lost to them—yet ultimately discovered.
"Breathes extraordinary life into the scandals, political intrigue and gut-wrenching battles that typified Queen Elizabeth's reign...Electrifying prose...enthralling historical fiction."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Robin Maxwell is a storyteller who manages a rare originality in a period that has been done and done again.  She has given us a glimpse into the tragic affair of the heart between Elizabeth and Robin Dudley.  And by introducing us to the person of Arthur Dudley, she has defied stodgy academics, who would have kept us from knowing that such a character existed. Her plausible tale has allowed us to decided for ourselves if Arthur Dudley was, in fact, Elizabeth and Leicester's illegitimate son."

— Julia Barrett, author of Presumption and The Third Sister
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