By Anne Clinard Barnhill
From Anne Barnhill, the writer of on the Mercy of the Queen, comes the gripping story of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s younger cousin and ward, set opposed to the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court
Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth’s favourite ward, having fun with each privilege the location provides. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like several strong mom, she wishes her to make a robust fit. the main most probably prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. yet whereas Oxford looks every thing the queen admires: shrewdpermanent, polished and filthy rich, Mary is familiar with him to be lecherous, merciless, and entire of treachery. regardless of how demanding the queen attempts to push her into his hands, Mary refuses.
Instead, Mary falls in love with a guy who's thoroughly improper. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little funds, a widower with 5 teenagers. Worst of all, he’s a Catholic at a time while Catholic plots opposed to Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the fellow she loves. while the younger lady, who's the queen’s personal flesh and blood, defies her, the couple unearths their very lives at risk as Elizabeth’s wrath is aware no bounds.