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.
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.
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