Bestselling historian Alison Weir on the passions of Elizabeth the First

Their affair was the scandal of Europe. From the time of her accession in 1558, the young Elizabeth I and her dashing, but married, Master of Horse, Lord Robert Dudley, recklessly pursued their passion for each other. Many suitors sought Elizabeth’s hand in marriage but she played ‘the marriage game’ with them, holding them off indefinitely while, at the same time, appearing seriously to entertain them. This dangerous love game with Lord Robert Dudley could ultimately have cost Elizabeth the throne.

Alison Weir discusses her new novel, The Marriage Game, a dramatic, complex, often funny, and deeply poignant tale of intrigue, love and loss, tracing the highs and lows of one of history’s most extraordinary and controversial royal love affairs.