Tudor and Elizabethan Biographical Fiction

Novels Featuring Elizabeth I. Becoming England’s legendary Virgin Queen

Stories set in Tudor and Elizabethan times have never been more popular. And with so many larger-than-life characters it’s easy to understand why. From Henry VIII, to Lady Jane Grey, from Robert Dudley to Elizabeth I and her dazzling courtiers, the love of adventure and the irrepressible self-confidence among those living in that extraordinary era really is without rival.
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A collage of scenes, fashion and design from Tudor and Elizabethan England
Biographical fiction of this kind is also a great way to learn about real history. Beginning with the victory of Henry VII at the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses, the Tudor era gave us the tyrannical rule of Henry VIII and his six wives. It spanned the violent period of the English Reformation and the dissolution of the monastaries; continued through the golden age of Elizabeth I, and ended in the era of Shakespeare - a time of breathtaking social change and progress - not least being the establishment of the American colonies.

If you enjoy reading about England’s Tudor dynasty, and in particular the life and times of Elizabeth I 'the Virgin Queen' here are two unique books set in that amazing and turbulent era. The first is a full-length adventure novel from the 1550s concerning the seemingly impossible odds stacked against the young Elizabeth ever becoming Queen. The other is a fictional 'memoir' - a special blend of fact and fiction describing the spectacular decades of Elizabeth's reign. It looks at those who knew and loved her, and how she clung to power and independence for so long, resisting the numerous quests for marriage that constantly came her way.
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cover to novel with image of Elizabeth I in scarlet tunic-style dress
Virgin and the Crab and Elizabeth are available in paperback and eBook. Just click on the covers to explore.
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