Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

by Margaret George

Overview: 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 cousin—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, 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.

Rona Simmons (12/23/18): At nearly 700 pages I questioned whether or not I had the time to commit to another story of the royals. I tried a few pages and was hooked. George brings the Virgin Queen to life, this tale for the most part of the last decade of her life. Much, much history here, and as always something to learn even if I had to create my own generational chart to keep all the Roberts and all the lovers in place. Okay, after 400 pages in I decided to skip a couple hundred and finish the last 100. I confess. Like any soap opera, I don't think I missed much. Anyone interested in the Queen, history, the Tudors etc will love the book. I gave it a 4 if only because of the length!
Rating: ***

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