The Marriage Game

Written by:
Alison Weir
Narrated by:
Julia Franklin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2015
16 hours 21 minutes
In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir explores one of England’s most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley.

Only twenty-five and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing—though married—Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth’s heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert’s child.

Then Robert’s wife is found dead, and universal shock soon gives way to accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.

With intricate period detail and captivating prose, Alison Weir examines one of history’s most provocative “Did they or didn’t they?” debates. The Marriage Game maneuvers through the alliances, duplicities, intrigue, and emotions of a woman intent on sovereignty—over her country and herself.

“Entrancing … Weir manages to weave actual history and the imagined kind together seamlessly.”—Huntington News
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Kathleen L.

Very interesting historical novel that helps the reader understand the ins & outs of royal matrimony and why Queen Elizabeth determined not to marry. I have liked every Allison Weir book I have read and this title is no exception. Great read.

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Brooke Day

Very good book with a wonderful narration. Weir is fantastic at everything she does

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