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Her life is not her own because she is Queen. But how will she ever feel safe? Henry VIII executes her mother. His violence haunts Elizabeth's notion of "family". She loves her tyrannical father. She also fears becoming him. In A Second Self, her friend and confidante uncovers deeply personal secrets Elizabeth would rather hide from the world: Her sexual desire for the wrong man; Relentless pressure to marry and deliver an heir; Mary of Scotland's plot against her life; Elizabeth's own human need for love and friendship. Must Elizabeth forfeit even her own sanity to reign as England's Queen? A throne will demand more than Elizabeth has to offer. How will "a mere woman" survive the crushing weight of a crown? A deeply personal journey into Elizabeth I's psyche. Who was the mystifying woman behind the crown? Find out now.