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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“A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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!
I'm looking for more of Alison Weir's books. She has a rare talent; something not to be taken lightly.
I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.
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.
The reader, Davina Porter is great!
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Obviously Elizabeth's virginity was important, but I wish the book had been less preoccupied with her hymen.
This is a comprehensive work. It is very enjoyable and full of acurate historical details. It is not a quick review and does not highlights the most important aspects of this period, on the contrary it goes to every small detail, sometimes irrelevant in the big picture, but helps to portray Elizabeth the person. Colonization of America is totally neglected; however, this was not very important to the English crown at that time.
The reader is fantastic, especially when reading an "interesting textbook". If you are looking for a novel, this is not the book for you. However, if you love to read history books, this might be the one.
I love listening to it on the way to work and it kept my interest level up from the beginning to the end.
Of course the amazing Elizabeth!!
When they described her day of coronation as the Queen of England and also her incredible speeches showing her ability to be an amazing orator.
A woman way before her time!
I loved this book.....Although it is long I was disappointed when it was over.
I enjoyed the history of the book, but I felt that several events kept repeating themselves, which got a little tedious to hear. Also, the narrator was not my favorite. There were many times I heard her swallowing, rustling, and other people coughing in the background of the audio. It got annoying. I wasn't a huge fan of her impressions, as she never seemed to keep the same one for Elizabeth.
I unfortunately overlooked that this is a 'personal' biography, i.e., the author provides nothing you cannot find in her fiction, which I already listened to. If you are interested in the impact Elizabeth had on world, rather than court gossip, find a different book.
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