Born into an ambitious family, Robert Dudley is determined to climb high. Thrust into the world of the Tudor court when still a boy, he learns to cultivate useful relationships, and he finds ne more so than his friendship with the young Princess Elizabeth. But when his father's attempt to steal the throne from Mary Tudor and crown Lady Jane Grey in her place ends in failure, the Dudley family are branded traitors and imprisoned in the dreaded Tower of London, some never to leave it. Pardoned and released, an unhappy Robert retires to the country. But when Queen Mary dies, hope revives and he heads for London. For England has a new queen. Elizabeth Tudor is on the throne and she has t forgotten her childhood friend. But their friendship soon deepens and Robert finds himself the object of the virgin queen's desire. The throne of England seems to be within Robert's grasp. Only Elizabeth stands in his way. Can Robert fulfil his father's ambition to see a Dudley on the throne of England? Can Robert ever become King?
Laura Dowers is a proofreader and copywriter who adores history and historical fiction. Her first novel, 'The Queen's Favourite', was a true labour of love, being more than 15 years in the writing. Her most recent book is a non-fiction guide to writing historical fiction, and based on her own experiences. She has several other writing projects that are works in progress, and hopes that the next novel takes considerably less time to write than the first one. Laura lives in London.