|name||The Virgin's Lover|
|publisher||Simon & Schuster|
Amy Dudley is the ignored wife of Robert Dudley. While Amy is desirous of a country home, her husband's ambition keeps her on the edge of court intrigue.
Robert Dudley is constant companion, and subsequently, the lover of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. At first, Elizabeth is highly influenced by Dudley's charismatic manner. Eventually, she turns to her chief advisor, William Cecil, to extricate herself from Dudley's plan to wed her.
Cecil's plan call for the death of Amy Dudley. With the suspicion of murder on his head, Robert Dudley can have no hope of marrying Elizabeth and gaining the throne of England.