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.
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1 . fab!
Posted April 14, 2013 by shari , springfield, MOi too loved this book, but was SO disappointed it didn't start with her early life, as
ms. george writes in such a bright, personal manner. what she did write just
kept my interest so totally. this was my first read by her, and i've already purchased Mary Queen of Scotts. Perhaps it will answer some of my questions about elizabeth's earlier life.
2 . Fantastic
Posted September 25, 2011 by Deb W , HatboroI have read many books on Elizabeth I , but I find this version the best. I love how MARGARET George writes in the first person. It makes you feel like you are there listening to Elizabeth personally. I have read Cleopatria and Henry VIII and loved them so I knew I would enjoy Elizabeth I. Just ordered Mary Queen of Scotts
3 . Good for a reread
Posted July 30, 2011 by orncollect , Troy, MiI like anything to do with the Tudors, the Shakespearnian passages got a little tedious at times.
4 . Worth Reading, but falls short of expectations.
Posted July 16, 2011 by Jenny , StuartMargarert George is an amazing author , and very rarely comes out with new books. So I was absolutely physched when I saw Elizabeth 1. Reading this, I was a little dissapointed it didn't carry out Her whoe life . And I was really very much liking Lettice much better than Elizabeth seemed like GRASPING , POWER - HUNGRY , TYRANNICAL , WITCH!!!!!! I really expected much more. However, it is still an absorbing page turner . I still recommend this book very much.
April 05, 2011
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