Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thoughts about The Queen's Bastard by Robin Maxwell

Hey everyone this is day one of my blog. My first mission is to read the Queen's Bastard by Robin Maxwell. This novel is focused on Queen Elizabeth I and her secret romantic love affair with Robin Dudley. I believe his real name is Robert and she calls him Robin as a nickname.Please correct me if I am wrong on that little tid bit. I've been told that Robin Maxwell is a great author but I haven't had the pleasure of reading one of her books yet. I've decided to read this book first honestly because I have been itching to read it since I have a passion for studying and learning more about Queen Elizabeth I. My all time favorite movie is Elizabeth the Golden Age with Kate Blanchett . So I am sure this will peak my interest.However, I have to admit I'm a little skeptical about reading this book because it suggests that Queen Elizabeth I bore Robert Dudley a son. She is known as the virgin queen so how can she have bore a child. I am willing to give it a try though. Tonight I will begin reading the book and I will go in with an open mind.

On another note. Yesterday I finished reading a book by Philippa Gregory called the White Queen. If you have a love for English history that dates back to the Plantagenet era I strongly suggest this book! It is a great read. Philippa does a great job in illustrating the War of the Roses which is a war between the York and the Lancastrian families, through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodeville. It so detailed and thorough that it captures both the romantic and the War side of this era.

Please feel free to leave me comments &/or suggestions.


  1. Hi Taylor,

    Robin Maxwell here. I get "google alerts" and so I learned that you're reading my second novel, THE QUEEN'S BASTARD, as the first book of your blog. I'm delighted and honored. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope I convince you that it was, in fact, possible that Elizabeth bore Robert ("Robin") Dudley a son. There is an extensive "author's note" in the back of the book which explains how I did my research and why I felt it was quite possible.


  2. Robin I just want to let you know that so far I am loving your book. I am now convinced that it is in fact possible that Elizabeth could have possibly have born Robert Dudley's son. I am now a huge fan of your work and I greatly appreciate your work and for taking the time out of your day to comment on my blog.