Penelope Devereux was the most beautiful woman of her generation and muse to countless poets and musicians, yet her story ended in tragedy: she died in disgrace on July 7th, 1607, a widow, outcast from court, and stripped of all her titles. Amanda Foreman's spellbinding biography charts Penelope's rise and fall, over a court career that spanned great events from the execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the Gunpowder Plot. The Lady Penelope is a dramatic, visual, emotional and ultimately tragic tale set against the character of Queen Elizabeth I and the staged pageantry of her Court.
Sally Varlow is the author of A Reader's Guide to Writers' Britain (Deutsch) and also writes for UK national daily newspapers The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Observer and the Sunday Express. She lives in Chailey, Sussex.
Section 1: Childhood and Ancestry; Prologue: An evening, early in July 1607.; Chapter 1: Death and dishonour, July 6, 1607; Chapters 2-11: The legacy of "the other Boleyn girl" and Henry VIII; Section II: Court life, marriage and politics 1581 - 90; Section III: Love at Last 1590 - 1601; Section IV: Triumph and Tragedy 1601-1607; Epilogue.