Life-long love

In His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester, Jeane Westin tells the bittersweet love story of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. Ironically, the story has become strangely relevant, as more women take the lead in relationships as powerful wage-earners and their partners assume less powerful positions.

The novel captures the last three years of the monarch’s relationship with her lover. The two had known and loved each other from childhood. Many have speculated that Elizabeth resolved never to marry as she feared she would lose her power once wed. Dudley resented that she would not marry him, but still he could not stay away from her. Elizabeth was both a queen and a woman, and she suffered when he strayed.
It is fascinating story of passion, jealously and of love between dynamic historical figures. It is also a captivating portrait of a powerful women’s struggle to balance love and power.