England's Lost QueenBook - 2003
Taking as its background one of the most famous periods of British history, Sarah Gristwood's historical biography focuses on a hitherto forgotten figure: Arbella Stuart, the niece of Mary Queen of Scots and first cousin to James VI of Scotland. Orphaned as a baby, brought up by her powerful and ambitious grandmother, the four-times married Bess of Hardwick, introduced at court as a young girl where she was acknowledged as her heir by Elizabeth I, Arbella's right to the English throne was equalled only by James. Kept under close supervision by her grandmother, first at Chatsworth and later at Hardwick Hall, but still surrounded by plots most of them Roman Catholic in origin she became an important pawn in the struggle for succession, particularly during the long, tense period when Elizabeth I lay dying.
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Bantam, 2003.
Characteristics: xi, 450 p.,  p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), 1 map, ports. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: England's lost queen