Mastodon The Writing Desk: Book Launch: Penelope - Tudor Baroness (Book Four of The Elizabethan Series)

6 June 2023

Book Launch: Penelope - Tudor Baroness (Book Four of The Elizabethan Series)

New from Amazon UK and Amazon US

A Life of Love and Scandal

I became intrigued by the story of Penelope when I was researching my book about her brother, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.  I was impressed by her resilience, yet had many questions about this Elizabethan noblewoman who seems to get away with living life on her own terms. 

Lady Penelope is one of the most beautiful and sought-after women in Elizabethan England. The daughter of the queen's nemesis, Lady Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex, she becomes the stepdaughter of Robert Dudley when he marries her mother in secret. 

Penelope's life is full of love and scandal. The inspiration for Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet Astrophel and Stella, she is inevitably caught up in her brother Robert's fateful rebellion.

A complex and fascinating woman, her life is a story of love, betrayal, and tragedy. Discover how Penelope charms her way out of serious charges of treason, adultery, and forgery, and becomes one of the last truly great ladies of the Tudor court.

A maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth, Penelope outlives the end of the Tudors with the death of the old queen and the arrival of King James, becoming a favourite lady-in-waiting to the new queen, Anne of Denmark.

“This is the story of a woman who lived life on her own terms, and one that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.”

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