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The First Elizabeth is one of Carolly Erickson's richest and most ambitious books. Tracing the life of Elizabeth 1 from the exuberant young queen who ... Show synopsis

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Erickson is Master of the Biographical Novel!

by jjares on Apr 15, 2013

Over the years, I?ve watched a number of films about Elizabeth I and thought I knew most of what there was to know. However, Carolly Erickson has written the definitive biography on this fascinating queen. In fact, her book is much more interesting than any film. The book is written in an engaging style; I felt as if I was eavesdropping on life in the Tudor castle. Erickson clearly shows just how dangerous Elizabeth?s early life was and how it affected decisions she made during her reign. By placing enough emphasis on this area of Elizabeth?s upbringing, I could understand some of the actions of her later life ? which might have seemed outlandish otherwise. When is the last time someone told you that they could hardly put down a 450 page biography? Erickson made the main and secondary characters breathe, connive and play politics. This is the sixth biography I?ve read by Erickson and I thought it the best of the bunch! I hope you enjoy it as much.

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