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Arbella : England's lost queen

Author: Sarah Gristwood
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2005]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This biography restores Arbella, England's "lost queen," to vivid life. Layd Arbella Stuart emerges, through Sara Gristwood's masterly storytelling, as a most contemporary royal, a young woman determined to shape her own destiny in the midst of her plot-ridden world. Arbella was part Tudor, part Stuart, and a niece of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was introduced at court as a young girl and acknowledged as the heir to
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Arabella Stuart, Lady; Arabella Stuart, Lady
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Gristwood
ISBN: 0618341331 9780618341337
OCLC Number: 57625845
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Bantam Press, 2003.
Description: xii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Tudor and Stuart Line of Succession xiii --
Part I 'So good a child': 1574-1587 --
Part II 'Lawful inheritress': 1587-1602 --
Part III 'My travelling mind': January-April 1603 --
Part IV 'My own woman'? 1603-1610 --
Part V 'A pattern of misfortune': 1610-1615 --
Appendix A 'One Morley' 369 --
Appendix B Arbella and porphyria 375 --
Appendix C Places and portraits 381 --
Family trees 391.
Responsibility: Sarah Gristwood.
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This biography restores Arbella, England's "lost queen," to vivid life. Layd Arbella Stuart emerges, through Sara Gristwood's masterly storytelling, as a most contemporary royal, a young woman determined to shape her own destiny in the midst of her plot-ridden world. Arbella was part Tudor, part Stuart, and a niece of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was introduced at court as a young girl and acknowledged as the heir to the throne by Elizabeth I. As Gristwood brilliantly shows, Arbella was literally too royal for her own good. A critical pawn in the struggle for succession, particularly during the long, tense period when Elizabeth lay dying, the young Arbella endured years of isolation, confined amid the rural splendors of Hardwick Hall by her scheming and powerful grandmother. The accession of James I, Arbella's first cousin, ended her royal aspirations but thrust her into James's licentious court. Then, at age thirty-five, Arbella risked everything to make her own forbidden marriage. An escape in disguise, a wild flight abroad, and capture at sea led, in the end, to an agonizing death in the Tower of London. Yet nothing is as remarkable as the almost modern freedom with which, in a series of extraordinary letters -- as passionate and extensive as those of any other woman of this suffocating age -- Arbella Stuart revealed her own compelling personality. Arbella is "an enthralling account of an extraordinary life" (Spectator). - Jacket flap.

Based on letters written by England's "Lost Queen," this portrait describes the niece to Mary Queen of Scots and cousin to Elizabeth I who became a pawn in the power struggles of her age and tried unsuccessfully to flee her fate, dying a tragic death in the tower of London.

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