Virgin’s Lover
Philippa Gregory, Read by Perdita Weeks

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Narrated By: Perdita Weeks

Duration: 16 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

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A sumptuous historical novel set in the court of Elizabeth I, from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

1558. After years of waiting, Princess Elizabeth accedes to the throne of England.

For many, Elizabeth’s ascension is a glorious new dawn. Not so for Amy Dudley, whose ambitious husband, Sir Robert, is the acknowledged favourite of the new queen – a queen who must marry to secure her survival.

But Robert Dudley has many powerful enemies. And although she is clearly besotted with him, the virgin queen will not risk her hold on the throne.

Desire and ambition are unleashed at the court and at her home, Amy Dudley will face the ultimate betrayal.

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Virgin’s Lover.


Classic fiction, Historical fiction

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Praise for The Virgin’s Lover:

‘A book to lose yourself in…a simmering mixture of intrigue, lust and betrayal at the court of Elizabeth I, it breathes new life into the suspected love affair between the young queen and Robert Dudley’ Daily Mail

‘Convincing and entertaining’ Daily Telegraph

‘An enjoyable read, and Gregory’s energetic writing carries one along’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Gregory’s success lies in restoring humanity to her historical figures’ Daily Mail

‘Gregory is one of the best chroniclers of the ups and downs of the turbulent Tudors…This superbly plotted drama unfolds like an exquisitely embroidered Tudor ruff’ Sainsbury’s Magazine