Virgin and the Crab Sketches Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor Years Kings Queens the Ultimate Tudor NovelThe brilliant young mathematician and astronomer John Dee has one overwhelming obsession liberty Abandoned and in danger Elizabeth Tudor has one si

  • Title: Virgin and the Crab - Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor
  • Author: Robert Stephen Parry
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • 12 Years, 2 Kings, 3 Queens the Ultimate Tudor NovelThe brilliant young mathematician and astronomer John Dee has one overwhelming obsession liberty Abandoned and in danger, Elizabeth Tudor has one simple aim survival This is their story.Video TrailerSet against the background of the English Reformation, and threatened by a vengeful and unforgiving Queen, the mysteri12 Years, 2 Kings, 3 Queens the Ultimate Tudor NovelThe brilliant young mathematician and astronomer John Dee has one overwhelming obsession liberty Abandoned and in danger, Elizabeth Tudor has one simple aim survival This is their story.Video TrailerSet against the background of the English Reformation, and threatened by a vengeful and unforgiving Queen, the mysterious brotherhood of the Rose Lodge attempts to guide the nation towards enlightenment and stability Here,the special alchemy of the Virgin and the Crab works its magic growing from childhood friendship, through adolescent flirtation, to mutual respect and admiration as together they prepare to sacrifice everything for the world they wish to inherit.

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    1. When I finished reading 'Virgin', I told Robert that it should be recognized by a major publisher. He responded by saying that most publishers will not touch a debut novel of over 100,000 words. 'Virgin' is close to 200,000. It's a shame because this book is one of the best historical novels I have ever read. There's no fluff in the pages of this book. Just straight historical fiction that read almost like non-fiction, but nowhere near as boring. Not that I generally think that non-fiction is bo [...]

    2. The book starts out with a List of Players which, thank you Robert Parry, I definitely used. I love history but am not a huge Tudor fan as some others out there. So when they refer to, say, the Earl of Devonshire, I know exactly who they are talking about. The time span follows Elizabeth as a small child, through the death of her half brother Edward VI, King of England, to the fateful reign of Jane Grey, to the succession of Queen Mary and through her death to Elizabeth's ascension. This book is [...]

    3. This was by far one of the best books I have ever read! It was the best book I have ever read about Queen Elizabeth I. From the very first page to the last sentence I was held spellbound! I usually do not like for a movie to be made of a great book, but in this case, I would love, love, love to see a movie made of this book. I think it would be a box office hit, if it was done well. The story is awesome and it is from such a different angle from the usual Queen Elizabeth story that I think it co [...]

    4. I was a great fan of the Booker Prize winner, Wolf Hallr did I imagine that I would run into it's rival so soon. But it's trueor Robert Parry has written a whopper of a tale entitled Virgin and the Crab. Yes, the title vaguely suggested some weird venereal disease, but I've never let a strange title deter me where historical fiction is concerned. Parry's tome (it weighs in around 490 pages) centers around the long-term friendship of 16th century scholar John Dee with Queen Elizabeth I and the im [...]

    5. A The Tudor Book Blog Review(thetudorbookblog).The Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry is an intriguing look into the lives of John Dee and the young Elizabeth I during the tumultuous reigns of Edward VI and Mary I.Synopsis:The main plot of the story focuses on the relationship between Dee and Elizabeth. Their relationship and, subsequently the story, begins with their first meeting. Dee discovers the young Elizabeth hiding and crying over the death of Henry VIII's fifth wife, Katheryn Howard. T [...]

    6. Let me begin by saying I have been aware of Virgin and the Crab for quite some time, maybe since its release. I think I looked at the cover, the subtitle, and thought it was a bit too much on the mystical side of things for my liking. With my hand on my heart, I apologise for having judged your book in such a way Mr Parry. And now BRAVO!!!!I have read much Tudor period historical fiction, so I am familiar with the people and events. Here I felt as if new life was breathed into the story. The thi [...]

    7. This remarkable novel by Robert Parry is one of the best Tudor novels I have ever read. At various points throughout the story, I asked myself ‘How?’ How can a person who has never experienced life in Tudor England bring it to life so spectacularly?The novel revolves around John Dee, a brilliant mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, navigator and consultant to Elizabeth I. Although a respected scientist, Dee was also dedicated to the study of alchemy, divination and essentially, magic. Add [...]

    8. There are so many books about the Tudors that it seems almost impossible to find a fresh, untold story set in Tudor times. The author of this book, Robert Parry, has managed to do just that! In this novel, he tackles the relationship between the young Elizabeth Tudor and one of her great supporters, John Dee, a renowned astrologist and mathematician. The writing style is not stuffy in the least - I love the way Mr. Parry broke up his story into "acts" and "interludes." I found it very refreshing [...]

    9. This book covers the relationship between Elizabeth Tudor, later Queen Elizabeth I and her friend and tutor, the astronomer and astrologer John Dee. It starts just before the death of her half-brother Edward VI and then moves through the short reign of Lady Jane Grey and on to probably the hardest period of Elizabeth's life - the time under the reign of her half-sister, Mary I. The novel shows how the relationship between Elizabeth and Dee developed over time and through quite a staggering amoun [...]

    10. This is probably one of the best books I've read in the last 12 months. Written about the lesser known John Dee during the years after the death of Henry VIII, through the reign of Bloody Mary and up to the coronation of Elizabeth I, it tells the story of those that were instrumental in Elizabeth's survival and triumph, including Robert Dudley and William Cecil to name a few. If it were just for the history itself it would be wonderful but it was the Puckish Shakespearean narration that truly ca [...]

    11. As the novel begins a young John Dee, who is visiting his sick father, a gentleman server to King Henry Vlll, has a chance encounter with a sobbing young girl. It is the young Princess Elizabeth Tudor, who is mourning the beheading of her father's fifth wife, Katherine Howard. In an attempt to comfort the girl, who is also remembering the death of her own mother, Anne Boleyn, he makes shadows on the wall to make her smile. Thus begins the lifelong friendship of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor, seal [...]

    12. I simply adored "Virgin and the Crab". First of all, the story takes place in a really interesting Tudor period, after Henry VIII's death and just until Elizabeth I's accession to the throne. I didn't know as much about these years as I did about Henry's reign, but now I do: they were fascinating times. The story is breathtaking: rebellions, deaths of Kings/Queens, plots, spies, imprisonments, obstacles in the way of poor Elizabeth who found herself constantly in danger. Elizabeth is portrayed e [...]

    13. I found Virgin and the Crab to be beautifully crafted, written in an immediate and immersing way. It is easy to lose hours with the characters, following them through the intrigue and politics, which is expressed through such a poignant and human way. The story happens through a short and extremely complex period of history with a lot of people vying for power, but it is a credit to the author that I never once lost track of who each of the characters were and exactly what I thought of them. I a [...]

    14. This enjoyable collection of vignettes from the lives of Elizabeth I and the astronomer John Dee offers a fresh perspective on their long, loving relationship. The essential loneliness of Elizabeth's life is highlighted by looking at the pitiably few people among the throngs surrounding her that she could trust. Kat Ashley, Robert Dudly, William Cecil, and John Dee. There may be a few more, but these are the names we remember. I enjoyed this book very much, and while I'm sorry there weren't more [...]

    15. I loved this book. I admit to being put off by the title at first, but once I realized it referred to astrology, I opened it up and could not put it down. Few books discuss the time between the death of Henry VIII and the rise of Elizabeth I, a fascinating time in English history. And learning about John Dee was such a treat. Such an interesting person to have as a narrator of the story. Anyone who enjoys Tudor history will want to read this book.

    16. ‘And what of we two, master Dee? Our nativities are oddly matched, are they not: the Virgin and the Crab.’- Excerpt from Virgin and the CrabVirgin and the Crab transports the reader back in time beginning with the death of King Henry VIII through to the accession of his daughter, Elizabeth I. Though a familiar tale, this novel revolves around the little known tale, that of the relationship between Elizabeth Tudor and her tutor, John Dee. Robert has a remarkable way of being able to transport [...]

    17. I enjoyed this book for the first little while. And yet somehow I just stopped about half way through (52% says Kindle) and never returned. Actually I had stopped once before, around 25%, I think. I read a number of other books and worked on my own. One day I decided to look in again and got caught up in the story. Maybe the pacing is off, I'm not sure because truth to tell I put it down the second time some months ago. But it was still sitting here marked as if I was reading it, so I thought pe [...]

    18. My Thoughts --The story reads like a play, and written in a narrative style, as if it were presently happening.If you are not used to this style of writing, it can throw you off a little.But I didn't mind it at all and I think it would be really great to see this book made into a movie. I think it would be famously remembered.In fact, when I look back on this book in the future, I will remember the different scenes in it, just as I would Romeo and Juliet, or Hamlet. It was such a unique style an [...]

    19. I had heard nothing but good about this book so when I finally got around to reading it, it was quite disappointing because I found the characterization cardboard and shallow, and it included every Tudor cliche out there. And I kept waiting for the story to begin properly but it never really did, instead there was a series of scenes that loosely tied together but unfortunately didn't amount to a cohesive story or strong narrative. The author really needed to do more extensive/better research to [...]

    20. I won a copy of "Virgin and the Crab" by Robert Parry through the Giveaway Contest.This novel represents historical fiction at its best.I loved this book from beginning to end.The story set in the 1550's outlines the historical facts and fiction of Tudor England, and shows the bond between Elizabeth Tudor and her mentor. We begin with the death of King Henry through to the accession of his daughter, Elizabeth I. This novel revolves around the relationship between Elizabeth Tudor and her tutor, [...]

    21. Overall I really enjoyed reading this. I love historical fiction about this time period in general and I appreciated the way this story unfolded. Sometimes it was like reading a play and other times as if you were a fly on the wall. It could have used a more careful copy editor though since I noticed several typos.

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