Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

Book - 2011
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New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.

One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel- bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?

In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.

This is a magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner that is George's finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022533
0670022535
Branch Call Number: GEORGE
Characteristics: 671 p. ; 25 cm

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denisekelleher
Feb 20, 2016

Great book. Full of action. Believable

NancyWilliams Jul 20, 2014

Very disappointing. I enjoyed The Autobiography of Henry VIII so looked forward to Elizabeth I. I gave up after 150 pages. I expected it to improve getting into more detail about her reign but instead felt like I was reading a soap opera.

jjpaquette Feb 08, 2014

Elizabeth I has provided much of what we know about the Tudor Golden Years. This author has encouraged, embelished and in fact maintained the integrity of the events, stories and exchanges that none of us wil have been privy to. But on the other hand she has shared a vision of a time and place for us.

I have read and listened to this title and if you are a Tudor entrhusiast you wil enjoy the experience.

TERRI Z HISEL Aug 26, 2011

The counterpoint between Elizabeth I and Lettice Knollys to tell the story (of Elizabeth) makes it murky and somewhat disjointed. Much less sprightly than the device Ms. George successfully used between Henry VIII and Will Soames in her earlier work on the Tudors.

cayuga60 Jul 04, 2011

This is a lengthy read, but well worth the time...well documented and an interesting perspective on the latter years of the reign of Elizabeth I.

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beatrice6368
May 15, 2011

Wonderfully written - Elizabeth's mature years. Wondered if I really needed to read another novel about Lizzie I ...glad I picked it up (with both hands - it's weighty!).

debwalker Mar 30, 2011

Historical fiction about the last decades of the Virgin Queen's rule.

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