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)
I would listen to this book again because the narrator, Davina Porter, has a wonderful voice, bringing the life and times of Queen Elizabeth to life.
I loved her lifelong desire to love her people and to rule by what was in the best interest of the English. Amazed to find out how well she managed money.
The virgin queen
Any book narrated by Davina Porter, comes alive with rich characters.
I've been reading about Queen Elizabeth I since I was a young adult. It was a biography on her that first made me realize that real History was so much more interesting than school has ever made it seem. It fired my interest in her father and from him to many more.
Since then I've read many books on Elizabeth. She is one of the most interesting figures in history by far. When you realize what she had to overcome to even survive, let alone rule, and rule well, it becomes clear that she had strength and intelligence rarely found.
I found this book to be the most complete in detail I've ever read on Elizabeth, as well as being extremely enjoyable. The story that was her life has never been covered better.
The vivid descriptions of incidental details interested me. I like hearing how life was different so long ago, but the nature of people remain the same.
That Ms. Weir has based this on research so it's likely accurate.
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.
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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