• "[Weir] gets right inside the head of the Virgin Queen. The reader has a blissful sense of seeing history as it happens."

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • "Politics, historical detail and unfulfilled love in Alison Weir's endlessly fascinating account of Elizabeth I's attempt reconcile her personal passions with public life . . . The sheer weight of Weir’s scholarship underpins the narrative, making it endlessly fascinating."

    Sunday Express
  • "The captivating, tempestuous, often hilarious and ultimately poignant story of the extraordinary love affair between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley"

    Historical Novel Review
  • "With the vogue for Tudor history at its height, this is a brilliant novel that focuses on the volatile relationship with Elizabeth I and the charismatic Lord Dudley."

    Woman and Home
  • "Based on in-depth knowledge of Elizabeth’s court, and the intrigues that swirled around it, the novel has the benefit of both verisimilitude and captivating story-telling."

    Choice Magazine