Elizabeth I (E–book)
Margaret George writes about ueen Elizabeth I of England and the last years of her reignI think most people are aware that Elizabeth s father was Henry VIII and the tumultuous oing s on that preceded and then ushered in her reign But fewer are aware of what happened during the later years of her lifeThe last years were still exciting and dangerous filled with invading Spanish armadas than one and power hungry lords That s what this book is all aboutI confess I am a major fan of both Elizabeth I and Margaret George I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble women but I have the heart and stomach of a king and of a king of England too and think it foul scorn that Parma or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm pg 41A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting Westminster Abbey and seeing the tomb of Elizabeth I The crowds were such that I couldn t linger by the effigy but was forced into constant motion rushed pastI burst into tears as I exited the area of the church that contained her tomb and I was completely overcome with emotion My husband led me through the throng again just so I could spend a moment near one of my favorite historical figuresWhat do I love about Elizabeth I Let me count the waysFirst of all she insisted that she was a ruler in her own right not because she was married to a royal Elizabeth used the Operational Culture for the Warfighter game of courtship to increase her power That s hard core Francois had been my last and in many ways my only serious marriage possibility I had been wooed by twenty five foreign suitors over the years I never intended to marry any of them but it was my best tool of diplomacy pg 72Second she smart with her power rather thanreedy She navigated a world in which she had few allies because of her religion And she never accepted defeat For my own part I swear that my heart has never known what fear is In ambition of The Butterfly and the Baron glory I never sought to enlarge the territories of my land If I have used my forces to keep the enemy from you I have thereby done it for your safety and to keep dangers at bay pg 145She was well learned charismatic and always knew what to say in public situations It is not possible to see a woman of so fine and vigorous a disposition both in mind and in body One cay say nothing to her on which she will not make an apt comment She is areat princess who knows everything pg 363And finally she was honest and true to the end of her life to the responsibility of leading her country Elizabeth I loved her people There will never ueen sit in my seat with zeal to my country care to my subjects and that will sooner with willingness venture her life for your Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate (The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Book, good and safety than myself And though you have had and may have many princes mighty and wise sitting in this seat yet you never had or shall have any that will love you better pg 608My uibble with this book was not with the research or the story which were both fine in my opinion It was the fact that George split the narrative most of the chapters are told from Elizabeth s point of view but some are from Lettice s point of view the mother of Robert DevereuxI understand Lettice s narrative was used to explain Devereux s motivations and unexplained behavior but I felt as if it slowed the story down Coming in at 662 pages this was a book that needed to stay at a fast clip I didn t feel as if it achieved thatThat being said George provides an amazing escape from the world and unparalleled historical fiction with this storyThe weekend I started this book my mother had an unexpected heart attack and nearly died She was inood health and relatively young It was uite a shockSome people spend hours worrying others in conversation or watching TV to wile away stressful hoursI picked up Elizabeth I by Margaret George and transported myself to Elizabethan England There was worry danger intrigue and when I needed to put down the book and attend to family concerns I could By the time the weekend was over I had completed this book and my mother was discharged from the hospitalIt looks as if she will make a full recovery And I learned uite a bit about Elizabeth IIf you are looking for distraction from every day life this epic tale could fit the bill Recommended for historical fiction lovers of course but also for anyone who desperately needs a way to pass the timeThank you Margaret George for providing that for me just when I needed it most Historical fiction novelist Margaret George has never shied away from retelling a well known story Her subjects have included Henry the VIII Cleopatra Mary ueen of Scots Helen of Troy and now Elizabeth I It takes a lot of nerve and a passionate love of the subject to tackle the life of a figure we could all know enough about to write a 200 word bio Add to that the explosion of novels about the Tudors in the last few years and George s audaciousness is multiplied by a thousandThere are two big nice surprises in Elizabeth I The first is that the book does not start with Henry s marriage to Anne Boleyn Elizabeth s birth or even her ascension to the throne The novel begins when Elizabeth is 55 and the Spanish Armada is about to attack She has already been ueen for almost thirty years and would remain ueen for only another fourteen years According to most historians by this time the Taras Song great successes of her reign were past The second surprise is Lettice Knollys Lettice was a cousin of Elizabeth s and one of her romantic and political rivals In 1578 Lettice married for the second time after having been married to the Earl of Essex to Elizabeth sreat favorite Robert Dudley In her anger and jealousy Elizabeth banished Lettice from courtGeorge alternates the novels chapters between Elizabeth and Lettice These two women were very much alike They were both ambitious brilliant ravely concerned about the future of their houses and powerful Despite that those traits shared blood Lett. New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling ueen as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart One of today's premier historical novelists Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet the legendary Elizabeth Tudor ueen of enigma the Virgin ueen who had many suitors the victor of the Armada who hated war; the orgeously attired jewel bedecked woman who pinched pennies England's reatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world fo.
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Elizabeth I (E–book)
T of writing an enthralling story Her earlier books are outstanding in their novel approach to a reat historical characters but Elizabeth is little than a literary documentary on the life of an elderly ueen I m Under Crescent and Cross guessing the hook if you can call it that is that we have two viewpoints one from ueen Elizabeth and one from Lettice Dudley the wife of the man linked romantically with Elizabeth but frankly this was not enough to hold my interest If I m truthful this book only rates a 2 but I cant bring myself toive a book by Ms George that because I owe the author for the multiple hours of pleasure her other books have Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation given me Margaret George is one of the best historical novelists Here we find Elizabeth at the point of the invasion of the Spanish Armada and told largely from her own POV about the later years of her reign uite different from the usual focus on her earlier years and largely less dramatic but very absorbing She is one of my favourite characters in English history this is the eual of The Autobiography of Henry VIII With Notes by His Fool Will Somers which is an all time favorite of mine Margaret George has cemented her reputation as arand dame of historical fiction creating epic novels about history s most legendary characters from Henry VIII to Mary of Scotland to Helen of Troy In her latest novel ELIZABETH I she tackles perhaps the most legendary and elusive figure of all the Virgin ueen herselfElizabeth Tudor is famous as much for what she said and did as for what she did not She remains so fascinating precisely because we know so little about her personally even as her reign is replete with some of English history s most well publicized events She was a study in contrasts and Ms George uses these contradictions to full advantage in her meticulously researched portrayal of an aging Elizabeth and her world Beginning with the first Armada there were several as the novel points out and spanning the last fifteen years of Elizabeth s eventful life the ueen comes across as a steely and astute observer of her own strengths and foibles as well as those around her even as she s drawn in the wake of her beloved Leicester s death into the magnetic ultimately tragic thrall of handsome unstable Essex Threaded throughout the narrative in which of course the ueen dominates are those who knew her such as Leicester s widow and the mother of Essex the irrepressible Lettice Knollys Lettice has battled against Elizabeth and lost despite physical commonalties there doesn t seem to be anything remotely alike in these two disparate women Yet as both become pawns of Essex s erratic behavior parallels begin to emerge and it is the weaving of these which bring a touching end to the book For while Elizabeth is the ballast of the story her keen common sense majestic prerogative and deep personal sacrifices permeating the very fabric of her being Lettice is the sail that draws their shared story onto its shoals fraught with emotion captive of her flagrant past Lettice does not recognize what looms before her until it is too late Other memorable characters such as Elizabeth s trusted Lord Burghley and his canny son Robert her intimate ladies and a surprising appearance by the Bard himself as well as myriad of courtiers who made Elizabeth s palaces Vamped (Vamped, glitter round out this heady look at Gloriana and the flesh and blood woman underneath her immortal fa ade Enjoyed this book tremendously Am not one who likes ueen Elizabeth I messed with so when I received this book as an anniversary present from my husband I was a bit skeptical No need so thoroughly steeped in history as to be acceptable to even the most proficient in the Tudor era George does let you know at the end what is historiography and what is fiction which as a former history teacher I appreciate can be so hard to dispel the history students pick up in Disney cartoons or Hollywood moviesThis is not for the faint of heart coming in at 641 pages and surprisingly only deals with Elizabeth s life from 1588 Remarkably only saw one noticeable error in printing where an a was left out of a sentence Commendable considering some books I have read that are so distracting because of errors it is a challenge to complete them The narration flips between Elizabeth and Lettice Knollys which works fairly well except for a fictional meeting at Hever Great historical novel of Elizabeth I would highly recommend it I count myself as one of the people lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Margaret George s new novel Elizabeth I I can honestly say that having read every one of Ms George s novels I had every expectation to thoroughly enjoy it and I was not disappointed The author researches her subjects for months even years and writes a very factual novel but in a fascinating way She writes in a story format so as to entertain while imparting a wonderful piece of historical data that doesn t leave the reader feeling like they have just read a high school text book I have always been a huge fan of Margaret George and continue to be so after reading this book I hope sheoes on to continue writing about the royalty of centuries ago because she is truly Egomaniac giftedShe manages to show Elizabeth I in two lights both believable One being the conceited ueen who struggles to maintain her power over England without the help of a husband by her side We also see the ueen who desperately wants to be loved by both her subjects and by Robert Dudley a softer side that is rarely written about The love she holds for her infamous mother Anne Boleyn is evident and she flaunts it in a uiet yet almost in your face way I ended up admiring this woman who decided that she would rule England on her own in a time when women were thought to need a man for everything She may even be one of the world s first feminists This is a wonderful novel that I shallladly add to my ever Backyard growing Royal collectio. And each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character Theirripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age Shakespeare Marlowe Dudley Raleigh Drake all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas This is a magnificent stay up all night page turner that is George's finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mante.
Ice was the The End of the Hunt grandniece of Anne Bolyenand agendas because of Lettice s marriage to Elizabeth s supposed lover and her son s efforts to powerrab at court they were doomed to be enemies That s not to say that George has written just a historical frenemy novel The different narrators bring different perspectives to the detailed political and social events occurring during Elizabeth s reign that George covers Despite Margaret George s inspired decision to juxtapose Elizabeth and Lettice and to not tell Elizabeth s life story in a linear fashion the novel never comes alive It s uite disappointing In Elizabeth I George Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, goes to r e a t pains to write a relentlessly fact filled opus Unlike George s previous novels covering roughly the same period and family The Autobiography of Henry the VIII With Notes By His Fool Will Somers and Mary ueen of Scotland and the Isles Elizabeth I is essentially a humorless play by play imagining of the sovereign s daily planner over her lifetime George didn t leave a drop of her research out of this book and the reader pays the price I ve never really worshiped at the altar of Margaret GeorgeThe Memoirs of Cleopatra is fantastic that I will never deny It s probably the best fictional Cleopatra book out there Helen of Troy is frothy and fun and kind of a really long summer beach read I don t know Mary ueen of Scotland The Isles was basically a bodice ripper with really disturbing implications George apparently dismisses any idea that Mary was kidnapped or raped by her third husband and believe me that possibility is uite strong and at least deserves to be acknowledged when you re writing about Mary ueen of Scots Mary Called Magdalene i As much as I enjoyed the descriptive writing boy can Margaret George make me experience the reality of living as an Elizabethan and the deft handling of a middle aged woman s viewpoint I struggled to finish this novel I even struggled as I read it to identify what exactly my issues were with it Was I just not in the mood for a novel that stretched than 600 pages Have I Bikini gotten so used to reading myuilty pleasure reads that I can no longer tolerate the slower pace and richer language of less formulaic fiction In all honesty I made it halfway through Elizabeth I before whatever magic lue pulls a reader through a book ran out Given that I know how it ends I had little motivation to keep reading Perhaps for the less knowledgeable reader not knowing how Elizabeth s relationship with the Earl of Essex develops is enough to maintain suspense But from a purely dramatic standpoint it is a tepid suspense even so In the end I m perplexed about what George could have done differently to keep my attention from wandering After all the broad strokes of her narrative were already defined for her and likely well known Even her use of Elizabeth s cousin and Essex s mother Lettice added little drama and seemed designed to mitigate the limitations of a first person narrator Elizabeth Yet Lettice is really only a commentator on the action rather than an actor Elizabeth herself although a ueen who must have had a very busy life ruling her kingdom comes across as having little to do or think about save Essex and occasionally and as an afterthought the vile Spanish There is very little about the continued religious fragmentation of English society beyond Elizabeth s mention that she has done her best to hold her beloved country together George opens the novel dramatically with the Pope s blessing of papal bulls condemning her the Spanish Armada setting sail and Elizabeth anxiously awaiting the fate of England and herself After that the action dwindles and almost all of it is off stage because neither Elizabeth or Lettice are able to see or experience most of Essex s adventures and plans Essex is a cipher known only through the biased prism of each woman s eyes Both women come across as highly intelligent and mostly reasonable if biased toward one another but I was left frustrated with my inability to decide for myself about Essex s character and motivations As with most historical novels that I read I ve developed a strong desire to learn the actual details of Elizabeth s life and reign Even the small amount that I ve uncovered makes me yearn to read a novel of her early years the ones after her infamous mother Jane Boleyn is beheaded and she is shuffled away from court where she is a sad reminder of Henry s desperate and divisive attempt to beget a male heir I want to read about her romance with Robert Dudley her terror at being sent to the Tower her mother s last home by her eldest half sister Bloody Mary who had every reason to dislike and distrust her and her choices about her advisers the men who empowered her to rule I want to read all the drama and conflict inherent in the tumultuous early decades of her reign including her clever handling of all her suitors and her house arrest of her cousin and rival Mary ueen Overall this book was a huge disappointment It was tedious boring and way way way too long It took me over 4 weeks to read which meant that I really did not want to be reading it If one ever suffers from insomnia 30 pages with this book and you will be out like a light probably why it took me so long to read it I could never stay awake I should also add that the four weeks of reading time incl Let me preface this review by saying I m a huge fan of Margaret George It was reading her book about Mary ueen of Scots that first kindled my interest in history Ms George is a towering literary talent and I re read The Autobiography of Henry VIII every year So why then did I fell an overwhelming sense of release when I finished Elizabeth I This book was a slog to read with little or no of the Ms George magic It struck me she has lost her way as a writer and become totally absorbed by the research and historical accuracy that she has forgotten the craf. R centuries But 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.
Margaret George is a rolling stone who has lived in many places beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the US diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan The family traveled on a freighter named after Ulysses' son Telemachus that took thirty days to reach Taiwan where they spent two years Following that they lived in Tel Aviv right after the 1948 wa