Monday, December 12, 2011

Exclusive on the Upcoming Release of The Queen's Pleasure by Brandy Purdy

Amy Robsart and Elizabeth I loved the same man. But one died early, and her 
death is shrowded in mystery. Brandy Purdy stopped by to give us an exclusive
 look into her upcoming release The Queen's Pleasure, which is Amy's story. 
 
How did others view Amy?
There isn't much evidence from the time to suggest that Amy had an friends. 
Gossip about Robert's relationship with Elizabeth often mentioned that he 
had a "beautiful wife." But she was without doubt seen as the one great 
obstacle in the path of her husband's ambition to be King. One of the 
reasons I was drawn to Amy's story is that so little is actually know about
her. When I first discovered her story in a book of unsolved mysteries I read
 as a child and then went on to read more about the Tudor era it always 
frustrated me that Amy often seemed little more than a name on the page, a 
person who only mattered because of the mysterious  and--to her husband 
and the Queen--inconvenient way she died. 
 
Explain her reluctance to go to court. Was she really a recluse?
I think she didn't go because Robert didn't want her to, and she lacked 
the kind of forceful personality to make it happen anyway. Perhaps she felt 
out of her depth or intimidated? Perhaps Robert played on this using her own 
natural nervousness at a lifestyle she was unaccustomed to as a weapon against 
her, to keep her away because  he didn't want  her there. But I don't think she 
was a recluse in the sense of hiding in the house, afraid to go out as the use of 
the word "agoraphobic" on the back cover of the British edition of my book 
might suggest. The Amy of my novel grows up on a large country estate, that is 
her world, and unlike many girls of the period she never harbors dreams of going
to London and serving at court, she is content in her world, while it lasts, and 
mourns its loss after the life she knew is gone.
 
Did Amy regret her marriage?
Well I can't speak for the real historical Amy becuase enough simply isn't known 
about her, she didn't leave anything behind that offers us a window into her soul. 
But in my  novel Amy is a very conflicted woman, she loves Robert even when 
she knows she shouldn't, her head and her heart are constantly at war upon this 
subject.
 
Did Amy fear Robert?
I think she did. With all the rumors swirling around that Robert wanted to get 
rid of her to be free to marry Elizabeth, and there was even talk of Amy taking 
precautions against being poisoned.  And, in my novel, this only adds to her 
anguish, loving a man she also fears.
 
Who did Robert really love?
Himself for certain. I think not knowing is part of what makes Robert Dudley 
fascinating to this day. Would he have still loved Elizabeth even if she had been 
a milkmaid or a squire's daughter like Amy was instead of a princess then 
Queen of England? I'm sure that was a question that ocasionally crossed 
Elizabeth's mind in her day and it still remains without a definite answer.   

The Queen's Pleasure by Brandy Purdy will be released in the USA on June 
26, 2012 and on August 2, 2012 in the UK as A Court Affair by Emily Purdy. 
You can pre-order the book here.