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)
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.
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 really liked the parts about the Armada and the aftermath.
The book was too long with the same repeating theme.
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.
Very good narrator.
Yes, but the way this book reads, it's probably going to be a Lifetime show.
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.
Yes, great historical information presented in an entertaining manner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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