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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Before she was Queen, she was The Lady Elizabeth

As a little girl, I thought that there could be no better life than the life of a princess. As I grew and started reading history rather than fairy tales, I realized that the life of a princess is not an easy life to lead. Especially if you happen to be the daughter o...
As a little girl, I thought that there could be no better life than the life of a princess. As I grew and started reading history rather than fairy tales, I realized that the life of a princess is not an easy life to lead. Especially if you happen to be the daughter of King Henry VIII. I became fascinated with the Tudor era, especially the reign and life of Queen Elizabeth I. I would read or watch whatever I could find. I am very happy to have found The Lady Elizabeth.

The Lady Elizabeth deals with the Queen's life from birth through her ascension to the throne. It is the first work I have read which is Queen Elizabeth's life woven into a very well told novel. I loved this book from the moment I started reading it. The attention to every detail of the period, the personalities of the people involved with her life, the way she was treated, the way she had to shrewdly deal with interrogators to save her own life at a very young age are so vividly described you almost feel like you are living through it with her.

If you enjoy historical novels, I would definitely suggest this one.

posted by Brigit on May 5, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I have abandoned this book halfway through.

I realize this is a work of fiction...and I firmly believe in taking works of fiction at that value...but this book treads dangerously close to taking real, historical events and embellishing them in the worst possible, and completely unfounded, manner. If this work wer...
I realize this is a work of fiction...and I firmly believe in taking works of fiction at that value...but this book treads dangerously close to taking real, historical events and embellishing them in the worst possible, and completely unfounded, manner. If this work were purely fiction, instead of yellow journalism masquerading as a historical novel, I might be inclined to enjoy it rather than feel somehow offended by it, as I often do with other works of Elizabethan fiction. I will not likely be reading this author again, as it is neither particularly well-written tabloid fodder, (which, if it were, I might be inclined to read it out of curiosity anyway) nor is it enjoyable fiction. I feel a bit mean-spirited, in a way, for reading it, as if I am condoning the cowardly way in which the author frames actual historical facts and then excuses herself by hiding under the cover-all guise of fiction. The treatment of the material is poor, so I am not going to force myself to stick with it any longer--life is too short!

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Disappointed in Alison Weir

    I love Alison Weir's writing and ordinarily enjoy her books as well as her spin on history. This book however, is difficult for me to get through. She attributes sayings and feelings to a 2-year-old Elizabeth that make me wonder if she even has children of her own. For instance, "Elizabeth was wide-eyed, taking in all that was going on around her and very conscious of being dressed in her best gown, the orange satin one. It was a little tight now around the bodice and sleeves, and Lady Bryan had the hem let down, but with its gay gree underskirt and matching French hood, it looked very fine, Elizabeth thought, and it showed off her red hair to advantage" So, how does a 2-year-old know what's to her advantage? This annoyed me so much. We all know Elizabeth was exceptionally smart, but I find it hard to believe a 2-year-old who has lost her mother would think of much else besides missing her mother. She also supposedly knows HOW and WHY her mother is missing. There are other passages that I find hard to believe as well. It seems like this book was written just to get a book out there. I didn't like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Good Book, but Jane Grey was better

    I enjoyed this book, but I thought it would be better. I read her book about Jane Grey which seemed to be more story were this one seemed like you were reading a history book

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