"annis" wrote:It's non-fiction, but Sarah Gristwood's biography of Arbella Stuart is a good read. "Arbella: England's Lost Queen"
And Mary S Lovell's book "Bess of Hardwick" does feature the two devious dames, Bess and the Countess of Lennox, conniving to arrange the marriage of their daughter (Elizabeth Cavendish) and son (Charles Darnley, Earl of Lennox) respectively, resulting in the birth of Arbella and the extreme displeasure of Queen Elizabeth I, who really, really didn't need yet another Stuart claimant to the English throne hovering in the wings. Bess also incurred the Queen's displeasure (and a spell in the Tower) over her interference in another earlier marriage arrangement; that of her friend Lady Katherine Grey and Edward Seymour.
Those two are sitting impatiently on my TBR shelf. Maybe they'll be next in line.