The man who wished to wed Elizabeth, Sir Thomas Seymour, has been convicted of thirty-three charges of treason against England. Elizabeth falls into a deep depression and her brother King Edward VI’s health begins to decline. Edward’s foolish choice of an heir leads to a succession crisis; Elizabeth’s half-sister Mary Tudor seizes the throne, lighting the fuse on long-held tensions between English Protestants and Catholics. If Elizabeth is to become queen, she must first survive the chaos.
Please note that this book provides a frank description of the social norms of 16th century England and the aristocracy of the era.
Programming note: As this book has taken longer to read than planned, we will finish it next week. We will still be reading a selection from How They Met, but it may be posted on a different day.