The Life of Elizabeth I
Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new... show more
Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married--was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, The Life of Elizabeth I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.
Publish date: October 5th 1999
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Biography Memoir
, European History
, 16th Century
The Bachelorette, Elizabeth I Edition. All kidding aside, she was an extraordinary woman who led and extraordinary life. A fine job by Alison Weir for presenting her story in compelling fashion, without resorting to tabloid tactics.
I find Elizabeth fascinating. She's definitely a grey character; nothing black and white about her. I liked the fact that this book didn't paint rumours about her as being true, but did look at those rumours to see if there was any possibility that they were true. Of course, it's difficult to tell t...
Unabridged Audio CassetteNarrated by Davina PorterFrom Publishers Weekly - Weir describes herself as a social historian but admits that when chronicling the lives of the flamboyant Tudors, it's impossible to keep domestic politics and world affairs apart. One could hardly ignore the threatened depre...
Alison Weir has an amazing way of drawing the reader into the life and experiences of Tudor England. A must read for anyone who wants to get a more in-depth look at Elizabethan court: its politics, romance and drama.