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The New York Times bestseller from Margaret George—a captivating novel about history's most enthralling queen, the legendary Elizabeth Tudor.
England’s greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was the Virgin Queen really like? Lettice Knollys—Elizabeth's flame-haired, look-alike coussin—thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth’s rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth’s throne, Lettice has been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood.
This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family. Their rivalry, and its ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works.
Filled with intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan age great—Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—Elizabeth I provides an unforgettable glimpse of a woman who considered herself married to her people. A queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Elizabeth I - The Hot Flash Years Elizabeth I lived a perilous life until she became queen at the age of 25; her mother beheaded, she herself alternately declared a bastard and heir to the throne of England; imprisoned in The Tower and one hiccup away from execution. THEN she reigned as Queen for 45 years. So most biographies and historical novels focus on the "exciting" early years of Elizabeth's life and reign, when the issue of "would she or wouldn't she?" marry Robert Dudley was a HUGE burning question. Then when they get to the end of her reign and life, the rest of her life and reign kind of gets rushed through, because, well, at this point, people are TIRED, and she's an old lady, what more is there to say? As it turns out, a lot. In this novel, it's the early life that gets rushed through and glossed over, the novel starting with the advance of the Spanish Armada (which generally gets contracted into THE Spanish Armada, but in fact the threat from the Spanish did not evaporate with the defeat (mostly by nature) of the Armada in 1588. Two more Armadas were sent in 1596 and 1597. This novel explores (fictitiously) the strange emotional connection between Elizabeth and Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex (and son of Elizabeth's cousin and rival, Lettice Knollys). Historically, it seems that sometimes Elizabeth regarded Essex at times as a romantic suitor, and at other times almost as a surrogate son. While some of the actions here (and all the internal thoughts) are fictitious, the actions correspond to what I've read elsewhere of Elizabeth. I enjoyed the portrayal of Elizabeth as a woman as well as Queen, trying to hide her hot flashes and to discern, who loved HER, and who professed to love her for what she could give him (or her). Alternate chapters were written from the POV of Lettice Knollys - I am not sure her (fictional) affair with William Shakespeare was necessary, though it was a novel way to work him into the plot. All in all, a wonderfully textured and unique look at the period of Elizabeth's life and reign that is normally skimmed over.
I couldn't put this book down. Fascinating read about a sensational time in history and the woman who held it all together.