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Elizabeth I

by Margaret George

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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 Knollys had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. They are both 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 and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth.… (more)
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FROM AMAZON: One of today's premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. What was she really like?

In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, 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 had 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 - and each vying to convince the listener of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height Elizabethan age's flowering. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake - all of them swirl through this novel as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.
  Gmomaj | Jun 19, 2023 |
Long, steady, read in 9 days over two flights and all the in between. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
DNF-ed at 25%. I may pick this up again. It just wasn’t catching my attention as I hoped it would.
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
I really like Margaret George's style. It is quite easy to keep all the characters in order. This isn't always easy when reading historical fiction (or non-fiction), with the past habit of everyone naming their children after the reigning monarch-or after their ancestors, who were also named after the reigning monarch!
Elizabeth I is probably my favorite historical figure. I do quite like the suthor's decision to begin the book during the latter part of her reign; I get tired of reading about Elizabeth's bizarre childhood, teens, and relationship with her sister. She certainly wasn't a bore. I have always believed she truly loved her country and its people, and was determined to do what was best for both. This book reveals a kinder and gentler Queen Elizabeth. Some of her infamous irascibility was plausibly explained or entirely removed.
I do feel as if the chaos and confused entitlement that must have occurred in Essex's brain came through. What a tragedy his life turned out to be, for everyone involved. Now let's have a book about Lettice Knollys! ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
Meh. It was okay, I guess, but Margaret George is no Sharon Penman. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
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Felice Peretti, otherwise known as Pope Sixtus V, stood swaying before the stack of rolled Bulls.
They were neatly arranged like a cord of wood, alternating short and long sides, their lead seals hanging down like a row of puppy tails.
"Ah," he said, eyeing them with great satisfaction. They seemed to radiate power. But one thing was lacking: his blessing.
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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 Knollys had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. They are both 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 and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth.

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