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Elizabeth I by Margaret George
Synopsis: 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.
Why it’s on my TBR:
I may have a bit of an obsession. I have to buy/read everything I see that has anything to do with Elizabeth I or Henry VIII. So when I found out about this book, I was counting down the days until it came out. Unfortunately when it finally did come out I had no way of buying it and when I finally did make it to the store I had no money. Luckily, after it being out for a really long time, I found it in hardcover for $7. So I made my mom buy it for me. lol I honestly would have had it read by now if I hadn’t been in the middle of so many books when I got it. I would love to read this in the next couple of weeks but I know that isn’t going to happen. Maybe I can pick it up in November or December.