Virgin by Robin Maxwell
Prelude to the Throne: A Novel

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Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII and later England's most beloved monarch, was banished by her father at the age of two, but is readmitted to the Tudor fold at nine when Henry's sixth wife, Katherine Parr, softens his heart towards Elizabeth. After Henry's death, Katherine marries Thomas Seymour, a shallow man of reckless ambition. The amoral Seymour orchestrates his master plan to capture the crown, one that includes the seduction of the young and vulnerable princess.

About Robin Maxwell

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Robin Maxwell is the author of "The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn." She lives in California and is currently working on a prequel to "The Queen's Bastard.
Published January 1, 2001 by HEADLINE REVIEW. 480 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After the suspicious death of Catherine and despite the warnings of her friend Robin Dudley, Elizabeth falls for Thomas, a one-dimensional bad boy motivated by a simplistic plan to overthrow the king and marry Elizabeth in order to capture the crown for himself.

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Some of the scenes are a little unconvincing, like the woman who drives home from the bar (Leslie Mann), and the woman who works in the book store (Elizabeth Banks, Spider-Man 2's Miss Brant), and, not the least unconvincing, the boss at the electronics store (Jane Lynch, The Fugitive, The Aviato...

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