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The Lady Elizabeth - Alison Weir
The Lady Elizabeth
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Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would... show more
Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England s most intriguing and powerful queen.Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as Lady Princess and now call her the Lady Elizabeth. Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her. What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier she is imprisoned in the Tower of London and fears she will also meet her mother s grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, Bloody Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeth s resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen. Alison Weir uses her deft talents as historian and novelist to exquisitely and suspensefully play out the conflicts between family, politics, religion, and conscience that came to define an age. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time an orphaned girl haunted by the shadow of the axe, an independent spirit who must use her cunning and wits for her very survival, and a future queen whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345495358 (0345495357)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
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Her Fine Eyes
Her Fine Eyes rated it
0.0 The Lady Elizabeth
***Note: This review assumes that you've read the book.*** (I know it seems unnecessary to warn you about spoilers--how can they exist in a story about the life of Elizabeth I, a well-documented royal?--but in fact, the book deviates from history.) One-sentence summary: this not-so-beautifully-w...
Iwona1
Iwona1 rated it
3.5 The Lady Elisabeth
Maria, przyszła królowa Anglii, przybywa do pałacu w Hatfield, aby przekazać swojej trzyletniej, przyrodniej siostrze Elżbiecie wieść o tragicznej śmierci jej matki, Anny Boleyn. Tak rozpoczyna swoją opowieść Alison Weir o wczesnych latach, dzieciństwie i młodości Elżbiety Tudor, późniejszej królowe...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 The Lady Elizabeth
Taking fiction and some fact, Alison Weir weaves an interesting story about Queen Elizabeths life before she became Queen. Including a pregnancy that miscarried and an occasional nocturnal presence that may or may not have been her mother's ghost (the author mentions introducing a paranormal elemen...
More of the Most Happy Reader
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3.0 The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel
The Lady Elizabeth is devoted to Elizabeth Tudor’s early years from 1536 when her title is changed from Princess to Lady upon the death of her mother. The first strength of this novel is its author; Alison Weir, a reputable historian who has a reputation for staying close to the facts (of course, t...
BookGyrlinMo
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enjoyed the book greatly!
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