The pursuit of the Virgin Queen was the greatest hunt in history. For more than half a century Elizabeth I was pursued by kings, princes, and nobles from around the world. Yet not one of these illustrious suitors managed to secure their quarry.
Why? Was she haunted by the six marriages of her father, Henry VIII? Was her traumatic early love affair with Thomas Seymour, effectively her stepfather, to blame? Or was Elizabeth simply in love with the chase?
During the marriage negotiations, which spanned half a century, romance blended with diplomacy as suitor after suitor endeavored to ally himself to her in the most intimate of treaties. Throughout it all Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was the most persistent of the suitors to the Queen, and although he never won her, he was dearly loved by Elizabeth all her life.