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The Life of Elizabeth I | [Alison Weir]

The Life of Elizabeth I

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

©1998 Alison Weir (P)2003 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13
    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Who knew history could be interesting!"

    This is a very detailed account of Elizabeth the first's reign. The really great thing about this book is that Elizabeth's life is presented by her achievements but also her personal habits, her everyday routine, and plenty of stories of her long courtships that leave the listener to draw their own conclusions why she never married. She led a charmed life in many ways but she had more hardships than most people may realise. Elizabeth was a strong willed woman, highly intellectual, funny, practical, responsible and very human. I'm proud to have Elizabeth as my middle name. She was a woman way ahead of her time. She changed England for the better. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone curious about this amazing woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B J Wakefield 06-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Delicious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Elizabeth I to be better than the print version?

    What can one say about such a subject, written by such an excellent writer as Alison Weir. Ms. Weir puts so much more into the story, rather than simply regurgitating historical information that can be gleaned from an encyclopedia. Good show!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking for more of Alison Weir's books. She has a rare talent; something not to be taken lightly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 04-10-13
    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 04-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.

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    "Historical novels can be boring!"
    If you could sum up The Life of Elizabeth I in three words, what would they be?

    This is a historical novel and is well done.It really needs to be more of a story to hold my interest. I did struggle with parts of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader, Davina Porter is great!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic and Timeless"

    I love this author's work. She brings Elizabeth to life. You end the book feeling a little empty and sad. As through you've said goodbye to a dear friend.

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    chris 05-12-15
    chris 05-12-15
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    "Too long"
    What did you like best about The Life of Elizabeth I? What did you like least?

    I really liked the parts about the Armada and the aftermath.

    The book was too long with the same repeating theme.


    What could Alison Weir have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The whole book seemed to focus on which foreign prince she was trying to keep interested in marrying her. I'm not kidding. It's pretty bad. I wanted to give up on it, but wanted to get to the armada, which was very well done. But the bulk of that book deals with who is in favor at court, who is not and who she's pretending to be interested in marrying.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Very good narrator.


    Could you see The Life of Elizabeth I being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, but the way this book reads, it's probably going to be a Lifetime show.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Bloomington, MN, United States 05-09-15
    Kathleen Bloomington, MN, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Superb Book on Elizabeth"

    This is the most informative book I've ever read on England's monarchy! Everything was excellent: it was very well written, entertaining,educational, and educational. To top it off, the reader brought the story to life and made it more exciting and memorable.

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    Amazon Customer Florida 03-18-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If you are looking for a novel, skip this"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    Yes, great historical information presented in an entertaining manner.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I could never choose a favorite Davina Porter portrayal. I love everything she does and have purchased some books I might not have otherwise simply because she was the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love history and Alison Weir definitely does thorough research for all of her books. Although this is not in novel/historical fiction format, it is not dry at all. The facts and theories about Elizabeth's life are presented in a thoughtful, entertaining manner. As always, Davina Porter's narration is spectacular and brings all of the people to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Centurion, South Africa 01-21-15
    Philip Centurion, South Africa 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Astounding"

    Alison Weir has always been a cut above most popularisers of history, but with this book she has truly outdone herself.

    From start to finish this reads like a bestselling novel. It's a romance, adventure, thriller and tragedy all wrapped into one, and is above all a truly extraordinary study of one of the most fascinating people who ever lived.

    You feel so much a part of the story that by the time the book ends with Elizabeth's death, you'd be hard-pressed to not be truly moved.

    The narrator is perhaps not the best, and the general primer on Elizabethan society that is awkwardly placed in the middle of the book does break up the flow of the story, but other than that there is really nothing to complain about here.

    Highly recommended as the best biography of Elizabeth I in existence.

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    Orit 11-19-14
    Orit 11-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what i normally read"
    If you could sum up The Life of Elizabeth I in three words, what would they be?

    i do not usually read/listen to history books. i love historical romans, but not so much history books. I picked the book because of Davina Poter, the great narrator, and probably would have left the book after the first 1 hour if not for her.
    But - once into the book, i loved it. go carried away with it, learned to know the characters and really enjoyed the book.


    What other book might you compare The Life of Elizabeth I to and why?

    Just finished reading and listening to the accursed kings which talk about the kings (mainly of France) during the 14'th century - a bt similar.


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    Nicole Shelby 08-04-14
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    "An Engaging Biography of One of History's Greats"
    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter has a lovely voice, and a real air of authority. I liked that! She did a few accents for some of the characters, but I really think that Elizabeth's voice would have sounded like Davina's!


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth is one of my favorite historical figures, and I loved this portrayal of her. Clearly she was not perfect, and learning about her nasty temper and high level of emotion just made her more real to me. The legend of a Virgin Queen doesn't exactly leave room for the fact that she frequently hit people, cried and swore, and manipulated others for her own gain. I appreciated getting to know all sides of her, and I finished listening to this book with a greater fondness for Bess than when I started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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