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Nd 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. Overall this book was a huge disappointment It was tedious boring and way way way too long It took me over 4 weeks to read which meant that I really did not want to be reading it If one ever suffers from insomnia 30 pages with this book and you will be out like a light probably why it took me so long to read it I could never stay awake I should also add that the four weeks of reading time included an 11 hour plane ride so if I couldn t even stick with it while confined in an airplane I really didn t like it very muchThis book told the story of Elizabeth I in the latter part of her life beginning with the Armada It was told in the first person Interspersed throughout was the parallel story of her cousin and enemy Lettice also told in the first person What I learned about Elizabeth I was that she was petty and mean spirited generally not a nice person Lettice s crime for which she was banished from court for 30 years was marrying E I s boyfriend Robert Dudley E I wasn t going to marry him so I guess that meant that one else could either If I can t have you no one can What I learned about Lettice is that she seemed like an interesting person of whom I would like to read What I learned about the author Margaret George is that she is in love with her own writing How else can you explain a 400 page book expanding to 760 pages There were 400 pages of uite good writing and 360 of tedium As an example at the end of the book there were several sentences of Catherine Carey one of E I s ladies doing needlework rubbing her forehead and discussing a headache with E I Since they were both ladies of a certain age one expected the headache to be significant ie she is stricken with a seizure later that day But no she dies four months later of a sweating sickness There was nothing of value pertaining to the headache or the needleworkFor the last half of the the book I amused myself it helped me to stay awake by mentally eliminating sentences as I read In most paragraphs half of the sentences should be cut ergo we have a 400 page book which might have been a good readThe author also did not include a Tudor family tree or list of characters which was a minor annoyance I have a fairly strong grasp of the major players but there were so many minor relatives that it would have been useful in keeping track Lettice for example was not a first cousin but a second or third cousin her grandmother Mary Boleyn was E I s aunt which made E I and Lettice s motherfather first cousins or possibly half sibs since Henry VIII may have been the father of Mary s children I think

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Elizabeth I

New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling ueen 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 ueen of enigma the Virgin ueen 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. Let me preface this review by saying I m a huge fan of Margaret George It was reading her book about Mary ueen of Scots that first kindled my interest in history Ms George is a towering literary talent and I re read The Autobiography of Henry VIII every year So why then did I fell an overwhelming sense of release when I finished Elizabeth I This book was a slog to read with little or no of the Ms George magic It struck me she has lost her way as a writer and become totally absorbed by the research and historical accuracy that she has forgotten the craft of writing an enthralling story Her earlier books are outstanding in their novel approach to a great historical characters but Elizabeth is little than a literary documentary on the life of an elderly ueen I m guessing the hook if you can call it that is that we have two viewpoints one from ueen Elizabeth and one from Lettice Dudley the wife of the man linked romantically with Elizabeth but frankly this was not enough to hold my interest If I m truthful this book only rates a 2 but I cant bring myself to give a book by Ms George that because I owe the author for the multiple hours of pleasure her other books have given me

Review Elizabeth I

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 a. Margaret George is one of the best historical novelists Here we find Elizabeth at the point of the invasion of the Spanish Armada and told largely from her own POV about the later years of her reign uite different from the usual focus on her earlier years and largely less dramatic but very absorbing She is one of my favourite characters in English history this is the eual of The Autobiography of Henry VIII With Notes by His Fool Will Somers which is an all time favorite of mine


10 thoughts on “Elizabeth I

  1. says:

    Margaret George writes about ueen Elizabeth I of England and the last years of her reignI think most people are aware that Elizabeth's father was Henry VIII and the tumultuous going's on that preceded and then ushered in her reign But fewer are aware of what happened during the later years of her lifeThe last years were still exciting and dangerous filled with invading Spanish armadas than one and power hungry lords Tha

  2. says:

    Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Margaret George It was reading her book about Mary ueen of Scots that first kindled my interest in history Ms George is a towering literary talent and I re read The Autobiography of Henr

  3. says:

    Historical fiction novelist Margaret George has never shied away from retelling a well known story Her subjects have included Henry the VIII Cleopatra Mary ueen of Scots Helen of Troy and now Elizabeth I It takes a lot of nerve and a passionate love of the subject to tackle the life of a figure we could all know enough about to write a 200 word bio Add to that the explosion of novels about the Tudors in the las

  4. says:

    Margaret George is one of the best historical novelists Here we find Elizabeth at the point of the invasion of the Spanish Armada and

  5. says:

    I've never really worshiped at the altar of Margaret GeorgeThe Memoirs of Cleopatra is fantastic; that I will never deny It's probably the best fictional Cleopatra book out there Helen of Troy is frothy and fun an

  6. says:

    Margaret George has cemented her reputation as a grand dame of historical fiction creating epic novels about history's most legendary characters from Henry VIII to Mary of Scotland to Helen of Troy In her latest novel ELIZABETH I she

  7. says:

    As much as I enjoyed the descriptive writing boy can Margaret George make me experience the reality of living as an Elizabethan and the deft handling of a middle aged woman's viewpoint I struggled to finish this novel I even struggl

  8. says:

    Enjoyed this book tremendously Am not one who likes ueen Elizabeth I messed with so when I received this book as an anniversary present from my husband I was a bit skeptical No need so thoroughly steeped in history as to be acceptable to even the most proficient in the Tudor era George does let you know at the end what is historiography and what is fiction which as a former history teacher I appreciate—can be so hard t

  9. says:

    Overall this book was a huge disappointment It was tedious boring and way way way too long It took me over 4 weeks to read which meant that I really did not want to be reading it If one ever suffers from insomnia 30 pages with this book and you will be out like a light probably why it took me so long to read it I could never stay awake I should also add that the four weeks of reading time included an 11 hour plane ride so if I cou

  10. says:

    I count myself as one of the people lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Margaret George’s new novel Elizabeth I I can honestly say that having read every one of Ms George’s novels I had every expectation to thorou

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