The Life of Elizabeth I

The Life of Elizabeth I

Book - 2008
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Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.

Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married--was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, The Life of Elizabeth I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2008], c1998.
ISBN: 9780345425508
Branch Call Number: 942.055 ELIZABET I
Characteristics: 532, [12] pages, [16] pages of plates : portraits, geneological tables ; 21 cm.


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Apr 20, 2015

Extremely well researched and detailed. This information dense biography explains the complex and sometimes ridiculous planning and scheming that happened around the arrangement of royal marriages as well as the battle between church and state at that time. It also provides a good look at the dress, customs and social expectations of the time period. Being royal isn't what its cracked up to be but this feisty tenacious queen held her own for 45 years.


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