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 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.
Picked up this title out of curiosity, and was rewarded with a story equal parts big-screen drama and real-life fairytale. Entertaining and informative. Can recommend to both lovers of history and of historical drama, as this astounding book should prove appealing to both!
The reader is eminently suited to the material and does a perfect performance, bringing the historical characters and locations to life.
Very well organized book that provided many details I've never read about Queen Elizabeth before. The author provided excellent support for her conclusions and made an enormous amount of information both interesting and easy to follow.
After reading a novel -also by Alison Weir- I mistakenly expected this to be on the same tenor, but it wasn't. I was at first disappointed but I turned out to learn a lot about Queen Elizabeth I and that British period. If you are looking for a biography, you are on the right track, but if your interest is more inclined towards a novel, this is not for you.
Davina Porter is a very good narrator, but frankly this seemed quite arid, and again, it is because of the story and not her work.
After reading this book, and having seen some reviews of Ms Weir's books by other listeners I'm no longer sure if I will be getting another of her works soon; I guess I'll give it a rest for now.
In the end, I have given this book a high rating because like I said, I learned a lot and that -to me- equals high value
British chick ruled.
Elizabeth because she is a badass way ahead of her time.
Still listening....not done yet.
The life of Elizabeth I ended five hundred plus years ago, and yet much of what she set in motion affects us still today. These books by Alison Weir are incredibly researched and incredibly detailed, with many quotes from documents of the day that give a real flavor of the actual minds that thought and wrote them.
I listened to all twenty-plus hours over the space of a month (I'd have to return to the twenty-first century once in a while to reorient myself), and I enjoyed every moment of it. In a few years, I will undoubtedly listen to it again.
I've listened to The Wives of Henry VIII and had this same sense of immersion and enjoyment. I have never been able to listen to the whole book on the children - I just didn't find the flow of it as easy to follow and dive into - so I approached this book with a bit of trepidation. Never to fear - if you enjoyed Wives, this one delivers as well.
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