Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.
Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers - the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle, Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards. As Richard's wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England's rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth's possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth's subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry's firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort - pious and generous - who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII.
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This book was very hard to listen to because the narrator tried to do men's voices and foreign accents made it very difficult to listen to had .Had she read it in her own voice and not attempted these accents and men's low voices it would have been much better I will look to see ifshe reads other books and avoid
The story might be OK if it were not for the bad narration or for someone who enjoys fake accents. The narrator uses a slow and grating fake accent for any quote. My husband couldn't even stand listening as I listened.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
I would have had her read the quotes in her normal narration.
I will probably borrow this book from the library and read it, but I did feel like the book was more about those around Elizabeth of York and not her. I bought it because I wanted to know about her story instead of the stories of those around her. I only got through the first few hours of this book due to the performance (I kept hoping it would stop bothering me, but the speed and accent used for quotes was horrible), so I'll give the real book a shot. I only wish I could return this, but I started listening too long after I purchased it.
Could barely get through it. If she stayed to her own voice, it would have made it a much more enjoyable process.
The writer's different historical approach to the story is what I liked best.
I will never listen to another one of Maggie Mesh's performances ever again.
There was no way I could listen to this in all one sitting. This was small doses only.
Another great Weir story, but the second book to be blighted by the narrators odd choice to give characters this really odd accent. It's narrated in a nice "universal" British English, but the narrator differentiate between the story teller and voices from poetry and other sources by applying an annoying Slavic sounding accent. I was wondering if this is an attempt to give it a truer medieval sound, but since we likely have no idea how people actually spoke the English language at its earliest, it just comes across as weird. If this is an attempt at authenticity, it probably should have been explained in the foreword, because otherwise the reader is just left wondering 'what the heck' every time narrator jumps into this alternative voice? it's really distracting.
I love history and historical fiction. I love British classics. I love American History, favorite book ever, John Adams by John McCullough.
I was very interested to hear Elizabeth's story. I really was. The information is good. the story might be good, but the narration with her horrible accents, has Ruined it for me . its a pity
A better narrator. A better storyteller.
Alison manages to make an exciting period of history dreadfully boring. She quotes passages from the old historians, More, Polydor Virgil and many others, but is unable to construct a story from it. She could write a history book, but cannot write a story that makes your feel as though you are there or care. Margaret George Autobiograohy of Henry VIII ot Pool's E. Rex.. Tudor England's Young King. These are stories well told of the Tudor period. Elizabeth of York by Weir is painful! is painful.
Who made this narrator change her voice into a medieval zombie for every quote. Disasterous.
Bookworm. I prefer historical fiction and some fantasy.
Allison Weir is amazing. I started with her novels so when I accidentally picked up one of these I was initially put out not wanting a historical textbook. But I've since been pleasantly surprised. It helps that I love history and this is not so rough as listening to a monotone professor drone on in a classroom. I love knowing what's real, what's suspected and what is not true based on fact. I know others have complained that it's about so many other people. But that's the only way to get to know the subject. Knowing what was going on is how we see who she was. Especially since so much of her own things didn't survive. My only complaint is the narrator. She's not so bad but I do wish she would realize that some of her voices and accents are truly terrible. A nice natural voice though.
Really enjoyed hearing the amounts spent after inflation for court and life expenses was fascinating. Also enjoyed that the author pulled from records to build the relationships with Henry and Margaret Beaufort. It was nice hearing fact instead of the speculation I've read in recent biographies.
A great read for Tudor lovers.
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