Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I reigned prosperously for more than forty years, from 1558 until her death in 1603. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir brings the enigmatic Elizabeth to life. An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly ...
Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I reigned prosperously for more than forty years, from 1558 until her death in 1603. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir brings the enigmatic Elizabeth to life. An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, "The Life of Elizabeth I" is a work of deep reflection and extraordinary scholarship -- a mesmerizing reading experience.
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If you like English history you'll enjoy reading this informative book on the all knowing all powerful Queen Elizabeth I.
gerrit j p b
Jun 14, 2012
fantastic as always with ms.weir
this is a fantastic book about an amazing woman and queen in an amazing time. very much about the court, (marriage)-diplomacy etc. I only got a 2nd hand one who had come loose in the binding, that was not what the seller promised from this hardcover sample...
Apr 1, 2010
Scholarly and readable
Alison Weir always is both those things and Life of Elizabeth 1 is no exception. Weir carefully delineates the role of the book, ie Elizabeth's personal life - though I hasten to add that this is no prurient peep into bedrooms , nor imaginings of the likes of Phillipa Gregory. When Elizabeth - or any other character speaks, they do so only in actual recorded words actually spoken or written by them.
I particualrly liked the handling of the famous relationship with Dudley, and the agonising dilemma of the one with Mary Queen of Scots. I don't think I ever realised before this book what a lifelong intriguer Mary was, how she never let go of her claim to the the English throne, nor ever ceased to plot with any available enemy of England to overthrow Elizabeth and have herelf crowned as (Catholic) monarch . Frankly I'm amazed she kept her head as long as she did!
If there was one aspect of the book I got a little weary of it was the endless wooing of Elizabeth by foreign suitors and her holding them at bay etc .I know this is how it actually must have been and of what great imprtance it was , but after a while I did want to say 'enough, yes Ok , she isn't going to have him, lets move on'
All in all though, a wonderful, absorbing , brilliantly researched read
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