|Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire. Photograph: J.D. Forrester.|
I shall be giving an author talk on "Spies, Lies and Adultery at Elizabeth I's court", plus a book signing, with refreshments at 'The Stables', Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, CV8 1NE, at 7pm on Thursday 1st March.
The talk is free, but if you wish to book a place, tickets are available from Warwick and Kenilworth Books or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll be talking about my Tudor novel, 'The Queen's Secret', which is set entirely at Kenilworth Castle during Queen Elizabeth I's spectacular visit there in July 1575. The queen's visit was hosted by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who was left nearly bankrupt by its cost.
I'll discuss how Leicester, the queen's favourite and would-be husband, spent a small fortune on the most lavish entertainment, catering and accommodation for a queen and her court over a period of nineteen days, and how Francis Walsingham's spies would probably have worked to secure the queen's safety behind the scenes for the duration of her Progress.
The discussion will cover Leicester's rumoured adulterous relationship with the queen's cousin, Lettice Knollys, who was then wife to the Earl of Essex, but who later married Leicester himself in a secret ceremony. I'll also touch on that all-important question behind the controversial, life-long relationship between the Virgin Queen and her favourite: did they, or didn't they?
Kenilworth Castle is maintained by English Heritage, and this is a Meet the Author event.