The First Elizabeth [NOOK Book]

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In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe.

With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of ...
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The First Elizabeth

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Overview



In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe.

With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality.

The First Elizabeth I as she grows from an exuberant, young queen to the arrogant, aging monarch.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Even more readable and absorbing than the justly praised works of Tuchman and Fraser." —Philadelphia Inquirer

"A masterpiece of narrative, a story so absorbing it is as hard to put down as a fine novel." —Edward M. White, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Carolly Erickson is a great interpreter of history. She writes political history, but imbeds it into social, and even more, humane history. She's likely to be the Barbara Tuchman of her generation." —David Herlihy, Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University

."A vivid and eminently readable portrait of history's favorite Tudor, [Queen Elizabeth I]." —The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429903974
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 264,359
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Detail without perspective

    A beautifully written personal history of one of Britain¿s greatest monarchs that is full of personal reflections and the details of the queen's day to day life. However, Erickson fails to connect the dramatic times and events of the era to the story of her life. In stead, the reader suffers through pages and pages of detailed descriptions of clothing, meals and court ritual, but is at a complete loss for historical perspective. Some of world¿s greatest characters and events were associated with Elizabeth, yet were all but left out of the story. The defeat of the Spanish armada warrented only a single page. William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Francis Drake received not even a full paragraph each, but details of make-up, hairstyles, party decorations, and meal preparation were given entire chapters. As a example of well written interior descriptions, the book is almost without peer, as meaningful history it is very disappointing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Entertaining and informative

    I actually bought this book for an English lit class but enjoyed it so much I kept it after the class ended. Erickson's style is easy-to-read and has a good pace. Instead of a rote list of dates, it includes details of daily life such as expected behaviors, education, clothing and a fair glimpse of the up-and-down esteem Elizabeth was given during her childhood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Ahh... Liz 1

    Doctor!
    What?
    Enemy of the crown!
    What?
    Off with his head!!
    Whaat?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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