Legacy - Susan Kay When you know that this book was 15 years in the making, it comes as no surprise that author Susan Kay's meticulous research paid off.Kay presents the mercurial Elizabeth I, starting with the day of her mother's execution and ending with her death. The queen was politically shrewed, as we know from history books, but Kay presents a woman terrified of marriage because of her mother's (and stepmothers') deaths at the hands of her father -- and yet one who craves love. Her relationship with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is seen by a different light here.This is a weighty tome, length-wise, but it is so well-executed that the pages fly by. There are numerous history lessons found within the pages, disguised as brilliant entertainment.Those who are interested in Tudor history will not be able to help enjoying this book.