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Henry Adams was the grandson of the American President John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of President and Founding Father John Adams.
In early old age he began recording his personal struggle to come to terms with his view of the coming twentieth century.
Edgar Allan Poe reviewed this collection of short stories and said:
"The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective -- wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes."
He concluded that,
"we look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth."
A true life tragic romance embedded within an accurate depiction of the Elizabethan court of the 1500s.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester courts the favour of Queen Elizabeth I.
To fulfill his ambitions he must keep secret his love for Amy Robsart, the daughter of Sir Hugh Robsart.
These conflicting forces cannot be kept in balance forever...
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