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)
Probably, because I'm a huge Elizabeth I nerd and I thought this book was very well done.
Weir's book on Henry VIII was comparable, because the material is similar, but the narration on this book is better.
Probably when she died. It was lovingly done, and well researched.
She Who Loved England and Herself, maybe. I don't know, that's kind of putting me on the spot.
Excellent research, and very well read.
I rarely read non-fiction, but I decided to try this book because of the reviews I read. It was an excellent portrait of a fascinating sovereign, and the narration brought to life the people and events of the time. Well worth the credit!
I think Davina Porter is the best narrator. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters in this story, so many names.
Elizabeth I is a fascinating figure, and this bio has some interesting details. But it dwelt excessively on flirtations, and failed to capture the enormity of her accomplishments. When she took the throne at 25, no one could have foreseen that she would defeat the most powerful foreign adversary, cement the Church of England's primacy, unite England and Scotland, and preside over a glorious flowering of literature and music. This book is more concerned with palace intrigues, and the Queen's marriage prospects. Shakespeare gets a single mention. I would have liked more emphasis on her governance and on the arts, and less gossip about who was her "favorite" at any given time. Davina Porter is, as always, wonderful.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Having studied History at Uni. I have always admired Queen Elizabeth I. How dark a time it must have been when this young woman took on the heavy crown. Yet she paved a way for England out of bankruptcy so that it could raise it's head again.
Alison Weir sweeps away all that stuffy "you have to have a PHD in History" to enjoy the stories and intrigues of the Tudor age. She makes it real, so easy to understand, so very engrossing.
As for Davina Porter.....this performer is simply superb, faultless.
If this genre is your 'cup of tea' then you are in for a real treat.
I would love to see this book better organized and edited. In this very detailed account, several themes are covered redundantly to the point of the absurd.
I have enjoyed this book very much, and as always, Davina Porter reads beautifully. Elizabeth was a fascinating, strong, and brilliant monarch, against very difficult odds.
"A captivating look at Englands first great Queen"
A richly detailed look at Elizabeth I with fascinating insights in to the way she ruled, managed other princes, court factions and overcame the prejudices against a female monarch.
Although so far my favourite Alison Weir is her book on Lancaster and York, this is still a captivating listen.
"History through Biography"
This enjoyable scholarly account of the life of Elizabeth I was well worth listening to, but there were often mispronunciations that grated and spoiled an other wise good narration for me.
"Good Queen Bess."
Very good book and well researched, but what else would you expect of Alison Weir. We observe how Elizabeth survived her early life to become one of the strongest queens England has had.
It did move back and forward quite a bit, but as you read this makes sense.
"Alison Weir does it again!!"
As a fan of the Tudors and History in general I enjoy listening to or reading several books of the Tudor era. Alison Weir's books draw the reader in and gives us an emotional attachment to the protagonist and the overall story. The life of Elizabeth I offers insight into the life of a woman who not only helped to change the view of women but whose story has captivated men, women and children hundreds of years later. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Davina Porter's narration is superb. Excellent book..Alison Weir has done it again!!
"Formidable Virgin Queen"
A super book. Kept my interest to the end. I looked forward to listening. First class narration, bringing Elizabeth and her companions to life. I would highly recommend it.
I love Alison Weir, and this is the first book of hers which I have listened to on audible. I use it most when driving, running or even when trying to get to sleep
No, but I enjoyed it. Lots of information
Her ongoing liaison with Dudley.
I enjoyed all of it, such a rich book of information
No, it's a piece by piece book.
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