To Shield the Queen
Fiona Buckley
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Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM By Fiona Buckley

In this compelling debut of her historical mystery series, Fiona Buckley introduces Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young mother who has become lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I Armed with a sharp eye, dangerous curiosity, and uncanny intelligence, Ursula pledgesTo Shield the Queen Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of horse, Robin Dudley As gossip wouldIn this compelling debut of her historical mystery series, Fiona Buckley introduces Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young mother who has become lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I Armed with a sharp eye, dangerous curiosity, and uncanny intelligence, Ursula pledgesTo Shield the Queen Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of horse, Robin Dudley As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman s needs But not even Ursula can prevent the accident that takes Amy s life Did she fall or was she pushed Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen Suddenly Ursula finds herself at the center of the scandal, trying to protect Elizabeth as she loses her heart to a Frenchman who may be flirting with sedition against her Queen She can trust no one, neither her lover nor her monarch, as she sets out to find the truth in a glittering court that conceals a wellspring of blood and lies.
  • Title: To Shield the Queen
  • Author: Fiona Buckley
  • ISBN: 9780671015312
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback

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Kate Quinn Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
The first installment of a highly enjoyable series about an Elizabethan sleuth. Ursula Blanchard makes for an unusual heroine: a resourceful young widow who serves Queen Elizabeth as a lady in waiting, and is offered the chance to supplement her meager income by spying for Elizabeth's intelligence master Sir William Cecil. Desperate to support her young daughter, Ursula takes on the task of watching over Amy Robsart, the sickly and paranoid wife of the Queen's favorite Robert Dudley. Amy ends up [...]
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Carolyn Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
This was a story that has been told many times, about the romance between Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I. However it is taken from a completely different point of view and focuses mainly on what happened to Dudley's wife who was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs with her neck broken. I liked the book, not rocket science or extremely emotionally compelling but it was interesting and got pretty good at the end. I will definitely read the next in the series.
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A.M. Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
I've been searching for another well-written mystery series, and this one is excellent. Set during Elizabethan England, To Shield the Queen introduces the reader to Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young Lady of the Presence Chamber at Queen Elizabeth I's court, who gets involved in murder and political intrigue surrounding the mysterious death of Amy Robsart, also known as Lady Dudley - which is based on an historical case. Am looking forward to reading the next installment.
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Ana T. Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
To Shield The Queen is an Elizabethan mystery but unlike my previous read (The Poyson Garden) the detective here is one of the queen's lady's in waiting. Ursula Blanchard is a young widow, when she finds herself almost destitute after the death of her husband a post is found for her as lady in waiting to the queen thanks to the fact that her own mother was fulfilled that same role for queen Anne Boleyn.When Ursula arrives in court it is common knowledge that the Queen and Robert Dudley, her Mast [...]
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Msjodi777 Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
I first heard about this book a couple of years ago over on ravelry, but am just now getting around to listening to it. I did enjoy the story, though it was a bit too predictable. It was well written, believable, and the history was well researched. However, I do have to mention the fact that, for me, the narrator, Nadia May, was the best part of the book. It was a fun read, and I do recommend it for those who like historical mysteries. <><
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Terri Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
It's so satisfying when you read a book, love it, and then realise it's the start of a series and you've got so many more books to read and enjoy.To Shield the Queen (or The Robsart Mystery as my version was actually called; To Shield the Queen is a better title) follows a young widow named Ursula who takes up a place as a lady in waiting at the court of Elizabeth I. Needing extra money to provide for her daughter, she accepts an assignment from Robert Dudley - scandalously, the queen's paramour [...]
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Lisa (Harmonybites) Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
I'm a fan of a well-done historical mystery, and this is the first of a series that leaves me wanting to read more. I like the mix not just of historical and fictional characters, but of historical and fictional mysteries set in the Elizabethian Age, and the Tudor period is certainly one I find fascinating and is evoked nicely here. The historical mystery in this case revolves around the death of Robin Dudley's first wife, Amy Robsart which Walter Scott made the subject of his novel Kenilworth. [...]
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Melanie Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
I guess when one has already read the genius of Philippa Gregory it is hard to come by a a histrical novel on the same subject that matches the standards set by Gregory's novels. This was a fun read, however the plot was a bit choppy and only about 2 chapters take place in the actual court. The portrayal of Amy Dudley was very different from the one in Gregory's "The Virgin's Lover," and I found her character quite pathetic and fool hardy. The mystery of her death is given a fictional explinatio [...]
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Sydney Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Ah, a Tudor novel that doesn't annoy me! I've been looking for one for ages. In this, the main character is compelling, and feels relatable to me as a modern reader without feeling like she doesn't fit within her time period. Similarly, the settings and details are clearly well-researched, but very smoothly integrated. At no point does it feel as though the author has included a detail just because she learned it during her research and liked it; instead, little points about food, clothing, medi [...]
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LJ Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
TO SHIELD THE QUEEN (Historical Mystery-England-1500s) – G+Buckley, Fiona – 1st of seriesPocket Books, 1978- PaperbackMistress Ursula Blanchard, a new member to the court of Elizabeth I, has been asked to stay with Robin Dudley's ailing wife Amy. There are rumors that Dudley is trying to kill Amy to clear his way for a possible marriage to Elizabeth I. But when Amy dies of a broken neck and Ursula sends a letter to court with her man John, who is brutally killed, Ursula is determined to find [...]
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Evelyn Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Ursula Blanchard ends up as a lady of the Presence Court for Queen Elizabeth after her husband dies of smallpox. After a few weeks she is sent to help care for Amy Dudley, wife of Robin Dudley. She is chosen because she needs the money. Amy has breast cancer and is slowly dying. Ursula is supposed to help dispel the rumors that Robin is trying to "do away" with his wife. While there she forms a bond with Amy, but also realizes that things in her household are not right. She snoops. Her groomsman [...]
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Elizabeth Roe Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
It definitely wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I didn't really like the main character Ursula. To me, she was quick to forget her dead husband and fall in love with that Matthew de La Roche man. And when I say she fell in love quickly with Matthew, I mean quickly. I mean she was having sexual fantasies about him after just knowing him a week or so. And later in the novel, she was missing him instead of her dead husband, Gerald. I think she could have waited a while before moving on from [...]
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Katharine Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
A well-written and interesting mystery novel set in the early years of Elizabeth I as young widow Ursula Blanchard attempts to protect Robert Dudley's wife Amy Robsart. Ursula is a brave and enterprising character attempting to cope after the death of her husband and discovering an aptitude for espionage. This is really 3.5 stars and I would have given it 4 but Ursula's relationship with Matthew seemed unconvincing and tagged on to add a love interest where one wasn't really necessary. I did enj [...]
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Rachel Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Although this novel was slow to capture my interest, I'm really glad I stuck with it past the first few chapters because the plot became truly convoluted and interesting, and the characters were drawn fairly well. Anyway, this novel was the first book of a cozy mystery series set in Queen Elizabeth I's court. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, and I plan to read more of the series.
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Jennifer Hood Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Freaked me out a bit at first because the narrator seems to be the same person who reads the Agatha Raisin books and the voice didn't seem "correct". But I liked the flow of this book and it kept me entertained.
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Maggie Sue Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
This series is a lot of fun. Mysteries during the time of Elizabeth I. Main character is her half sister.
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Libraryassistant Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
This was an interesting sojourn in a time period I don't often visit. Ms Buckley makes the Elizabethan era live and Ursula is a likeable heroine.
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Renada Thompson Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Enjoyed this more than I expected and will look for others in the series.
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Vikki Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Listened to the audio book. I appreciated the readers pleasant, easy tone. This story was a nice change of pace from my usual action packed thrillers.
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Deb Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
This is a great series for those who are interested in Tudor history! I know I have read one or two more than I've yet noted here, so I am going to try to read them all through again
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Amy Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Excellent mystery set in the 16th C. Strong female protagonist. Good plot. Will read more in this series.
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Gretchen Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
The debut of Ursula Blanchard was excellent. Generally I find that when I book is the first in a series, the author spends a large majority of the book giving the main protagonist a background story. I like in this instance how the author gives us what we need to know at the beginning and then successfully manages to tie the character's background into the current events of the story. The author doesn't have to take time away from the events of the story to explain character motives. In this cas [...]
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Lisa Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Court in the 1500s, indeed life in general, was a very precarious place to be. However, Ursula Blanchard handles herself with aplomb. She's clever, inquisitive, and deftly inserted into the political intrigues of the day.
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J. Else Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
As a fan of Arianna Franklin, I was excited to find this book at our local used bookstore. Same type of story idea, different author. After reading Fiona Buckley’s narrative style, I felt it worked! What I love about this book is the complete immersion into the time period. The way the characters talked, references made, setting details, it all fit with the times. The main character, Ursula, is a strong independent woman but not unrealistically so for the time period. There was no dressing as [...]
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Michelle Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
(3.5 stars) This is the first book in the Ursula Blanchard series. Set in the time of Queen Elizabeth in England, Ursula has fallen upon hard times with the death of her husband, and as neither family approved of the marriage, she takes the offer of becoming one of the Queen's ladies, leaving her young daughter in the care of a nurse in a small rented cottage. When she arrives at Court she must navigate the politics of her new situation, and her small budget barely covers the necessities of her [...]
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Spuddie Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
#1 Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan historical mystery. Ursula, recently widowed and left nearly penniless, is given a place at Queen Elizabeth's court and ends up involved in political plots and intrigue when she is sent to attend to Lady Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert Dudley--widely known as a favorite of the Queen. Lady Amy is dying of breast cancer--essentially untreatable in that time--and Dudley wants someone there to witness the fact that he does not wish her ill nor is he plotting to kill he [...]
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Richard Stueber Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Fiona Buckley, who as Valarie Anand had previously witten quite a number of historical novels, introduces us to the fictional widow Ursula Blanchard. Ursula's husband Gerald has died leaving her with a daughter Meg. Ursula has been granted the position of Lady of the Presence Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England in the year 1560.One of Ursula's first assignments is to assist Sir Robert "Robin" Dudley's wife, the former Amy Robsart. It doesn't take too long before Amy falls to her death and Ur [...]
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Linda Bridges Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Lady Ursula Blanchard is a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I. She is sorely in need of funds due to the untimely death of her husband and having to care for a young daughter. She is estranged from her family who had disapproved of her marriage, so when Sir Robert Dudley comes to her with an offer to pay her well if she will go to his wife's home as a companion, Ursula leaps at the chance. Robert's wife, Amy, is convinced that someone is trying to kill her, and she believes that someone to be [...]
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Marfita Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
Authors, please don't include children in your stories if they might possibly be put in some kind of danger. I worried about that little girl through half the book. My heart is still hammering.I seem to be on an Elizabethan Mystery Kick, reading several different takes on the royal household in a short period of time. Buckley, at least, is presenting us with a female "detective" that almost makes sense for the era she's living in. How does she spend her time? She sews, embroiders, and acts as a [...]
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Sara G Sep 15, 2019 - 14:21 PM
In this book, Ursula Blanchard, a widowed gentlewoman with some tenuous royal connections, gets appointed as a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I. She has no money, due to her husband dying young and leaving her with a small daughter, as well as the fact that his and her family disowned them because they eloped together. Elizabeth shows her a small kindness due to a family connection, and sends her to stay with Robert Dudley's ailing wife Amy to convince her that Robert is not trying to murder [...]
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To Shield the Queen By Fiona Buckley In this compelling debut of her historical mystery series, Fiona Buckley introduces Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young mother who has become lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I Armed with a sharp eye, dangerous curiosity, and uncanny intelligence, Ursula pledgesTo Shield the Queen Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of horse, Robin Dudley As gossip wouldIn this compelling debut of her historical mystery series, Fiona Buckley introduces Ursula Blanchard, a widowed young mother who has become lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I Armed with a sharp eye, dangerous curiosity, and uncanny intelligence, Ursula pledgesTo Shield the Queen Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of horse, Robin Dudley As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman s needs But not even Ursula can prevent the accident that takes Amy s life Did she fall or was she pushed Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen Suddenly Ursula finds herself at the center of the scandal, trying to protect Elizabeth as she loses her heart to a Frenchman who may be flirting with sedition against her Queen She can trust no one, neither her lover nor her monarch, as she sets out to find the truth in a glittering court that conceals a wellspring of blood and lies.

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