Elizabeth and Essex

Lytton Strachey

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Elizabeth and Essex is a book by English writer Lytton Strachey, first published in 1928. One of the most famous and baffling romances in history, between Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, began in May of 1587, when she was fifty-three and he was just shy of twenty. Their relationship continued until 1601, when he was beheaded for treason. Strachey portrays the Queen's and the Earl's compelling attraction for one another; their impassioned disagreements; and their mutual contest for power which led to a final, tragic confrontation. Here we also have superb portraits of influential people of the time: Francis Bacon, Robert Cecil, Walter Raleigh, and other figures of the court who struggled to assert themselves in a kingdom that was primarily defined by her sovereign.

This book has 68,273 words, 103 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1928.

Production notes: This ebook of Elizabeth and Essex was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 23rd January 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Procession Portrait of Elizabeth I' by Robert Peake the elder.

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