This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Novel by Brandy Purdy!

Brandy Purdy (author of The Boleyn Wife and The Tudor Throne) will be releasing her new novel The Queen's Pleasure in July 2012.

From Brandy Purdy's blog:

When young Robert Dudley, an earl’s son, meets squire’s daughter Amy Robsart, it is love at first sight. They marry despite parental misgivings, but their passion quickly fades, and the ambitious Dudley returns to court.

Swept up in the turmoil of Tudor politics, Dudley is imprisoned in the Tower. Also a prisoner is Dudley’s childhood playmate, the princess Elizabeth. In the shadow of the axe, their passion ignites. When Elizabeth becomes queen, rumors rage that Dudley means to free himself of Amy in order to wed her. And when Amy is found dead in unlikely circumstances, suspicion falls on Dudley—and the Queen…

Still hotly debated amongst scholars—was Amy’s death an accident, suicide, or murder?—the fascinating subject matter makes for an enthralling read for fans of historical fiction.

Please note this book is published in the UK as A Court Affair by Emily Purdy.


  1. I am intrigued to see where Brandy takes this plot! It's surprising there has not been more written about the event of Amy's death.

  2. I'm looking forward to this one! Hoping to hear more from Amy's point of view than others I have read!

  3. Very excited about this release!

  4. I, too, am looking forward to something from Amy's point of view. It is curious that there is very little written about her.

  5. Thanks so much, I hope you will like what I have done. I have been intrigued by Amy's story since I was a little girl and always wanted to write a novel that gave her a voice; in a lot of books I have read over the years she seemed little more than a name on the page or only important because of how she died.