Elizabeth I: A Novel

Hardcover | May 21, 2014

byMargaret George

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New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-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, 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. 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 and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping 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 Mantel.

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New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-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, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen wh...

Margaret George is the author of the bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII; Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; and Mary, Called Magdalene.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.54 × 6.52 × 2.03 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:Viking AdultLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670022535

ISBN - 13:9780670022533

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from work of art Ms.George has certainly mastered her craft. I can tell this one was a labor of love and the result is truly worthwhile. I really feel as though I was able to be inside the mind of one of the most vibrant and interesting personalities in history.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointed Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland, Cleopatra, and Helen of Troy I was personally disappointed with this book. Perhaps I was anticipating a similar all-encompassing work on Elizabeth’s extraordinary life. Starting during the first Spanish armada, the book follows the queens later years, and her menopausal journey. Not a book I would recommend, and unfortunately I would be more apt to take future offerings out of the library than just buy based on the author, as I did in this case.
Date published: 2011-05-19

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"... impressive detail and a wonderfully evocative setting ..." -The Boston Globe " ... in Elizabeth I Margaret George, a Wisconsin native and bestselling author, has found a way to refresh Elizabeth's story, breathing new life into this iconic historical figure ..." -(Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel "By carefully blending the rich historical detail that is available with her own equally rich imagination, George presents a fascinating portrait of a smart, brave and politically savvy leader who was nevertheless also human and emotional ...George creates such a compelling portrait of the monarch as she immerses us in court life that, when the book ends, it is hard not to feel a sense of loss." -(Fort Worth) Star-Telegram