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Elizabeth in the Garden

Lord Robert Dudley and Sir William Cecil were the most powerful men in sixteenth-century England - and rivals for the heart and patronage of their queen. At Kenilworth, Dudley created an intoxicatingly romantic garden, with an Italianate fountain and terrace, bowers of bliss and lovers' walks. Cecil responded by transforming his house at Theobalds into an auxiliary royal palace, with two-mile-long walks and gardens overseen by the legendary John Gerard. Dudley's aim was to woo Elizabeth; Cecil's, too stop Dudley in his tracks. For Elizabeth, gardens were places for romantic adventures and entanglements, for a freedom that could take place nowhere else. But if these lavish creations were designed to enchant her, ultimately these gardens ensnared them all.
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The beguiling story of how Elizabeth I's two great courtiers fought a lifelong duel for her affections - with their gardens.

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Trea Martyn read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and completed a PhD in eighteenth-century literature at University College London. She has taught history at the University of London, and landscape history at Central St Martin's School of Art. Elizabeth in the Garden is her first book.

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