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The Favourite

The Favourite

In The Favourite, Mathew Lyons strips away the myth – and the self-mythologising – to find Sir Walter Ralegh in the one role in which his contemporaries knew him best: the courtier who could win the attention – and the heart – of Elizabeth I, while also being the ‘most hated man in England’.

Using first-hand accounts, Lyons uncovers the maze of ambition, desire and amorality in which Ralegh lived before he rose to fame – a brutal Elizabethan world riven with crime and corruption and riddled with traitors and spies.
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Genre: Humanities / History / Regional & National History / European History / British & Irish History

On Sale: 24th March 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781849018098


Lyons has a magical turn of phrase that compels the reader to turn the pages to find out what happens next...
Susan Ronald, author of Elizabeth, Queen of Pirates
A well researched and meticulously detailed biography
New Books
Contains some excellent history-writing.
Very entertaining.
The Herald.
A magnificent job of unpicking the machinations of Elizabeth's court and presents a fresh insight into the turbulent world of Tudor England.
Good Book Guide
Wonderful. Elegant and intriguing - a seductive portrait of a fascinating relationship. I couldn't put it down.
Helen Castor, author of The She-Wolves