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The Life of Elizabeth I

The Life of Elizabeth I NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPerhaps 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

  • Title: The Life of Elizabeth I
  • Author: Alison Weir
  • ISBN: 9780345425508
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPerhaps 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 provocatiNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPerhaps 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.

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    1. Diane on said:

      Quick question: Who is your favorite English queen?I'm torn between Victoria and Elizabeth I. Both women are fascinating, they lived during interesting periods of history, and they had relatively long reigns. Previously I'd read a huge biography on Victoria (A. N. Wilson's Victoria: A Life), and I thought Miss Elizabeth deserved the same consideration, so I picked up this 500-page tome from Alison Weir.My aim has always been to write a history of Elizabeth's personal life within the framework of [...]

    2. Madeline on said:

      Interestingly, this is the first time I've read a history book that's just about Elizabeth. Considering how much I've already read about her parents and their lives, I thought it was weird that I didn't actually know that much about Elizabeth's life after her parents died. This was a really good place to start.Alison Weir is probably my favorite historian - she doesn't make as many easily-disputable claims in her books, like Antonia Fraser, and her writing has clarity and a nice humorous touch t [...]

    3. Chrissie on said:

      OK, here is my advice: if you want to read about the Tudors read this author; read Alison Weir. Read her non-fiction books. They are better than her books of fiction. Weir manages to make all the facts interesting. She is clear and she knows how to tell the story so it reads as fiction, but every little detail is 100% true! You have surely met people who REALLY know their subject; their knowledge enables them to have every fact at their fingertips. They know all the amusing details too. Alison W [...]

    4. Manuel on said:

      Talk about having a disfunctional family.Your Dad marries your Mom when he's still technically married to his first wife. No matter; your Dad is the King of England. Your Dad gets bored with your Mom and she looses her head (literally). You then go from princess to bastard and get sent away until your Dad likes you again. Your Dad remarries, and yet again a few more times. You cant help feeling a little insecure in such an unstable enviroment. You grow up loved and then hated then loved again. Y [...]

    5. Beth F. on said:

      I don't like nonfiction as a rule. But this was one of those rare nonfics that read like a piece of fiction and even though the book is a brick, I read the whole thing in under four days. It kept my attention from start to finish. The medieval history of the English monarchy is interesting but not a subject I read about frequently. Alison Weir (whose name I always spell weird and have to edit) is deserving of the acclaim she has earned to date because she provides information AND entertains. Mos [...]

    6. Mahlon on said:

      Probably still the best Biography of Elizabeth, despite the 17 years since it's publication. Weir at the top of her game. A must read for anyone interested in the Tudors. The book that ignited my love of the history of the English Monarchy.

    7. Pete daPixie on said:

      Just superb. As a long standing Elizabethan, reading this book has been a joy. Without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest English monarch and Alison Weir guides us through this golden time from under the oak tree at Hatfield Palace in 1558, to her passing at Richmond in 1603.The level of research of contemporary documents, state papers and the almost twenty pages of bibliography provide a most intimate and extraordinary insight into the reign of good Queen Bess. The author provides no Notes, but [...]

    8. Mike Robbins on said:

      Alison Weir’s magisterial biography of Elizabeth I left me with mixed feelings. It is an extraordinary work, and a treasure-trove for those who want to know what Elizabeth was truly like. What it does not show the reader is the country she ruled. But perhaps it was never meant to, and for anyone drawn to Elizabeth as an individual, it is essential reading – meticulous in its research, and very well written.Weir gives us a splendid picture of the Queen as she navigated the shoals of potential [...]

    9. Anna on said:

      I find I really enjoy Alison Weir's style of writing history and biography: easy to follow and detailed/descriptive without becoming dry. I picked up this book because there are certain historical personages that I know a lot about yet can never resist reading about over and over again, Elizabeth I being one of them. While I am not an über history buff who checks and cross-checks the list of sources, I found that her biography of Elizabeth I was entertaining and factual as far as I can tell - w [...]

    10. Rio (Lynne) on said:

      3.75 Stars. At times I was annoyed with "what if's and opinions" being written as facts. A good biography or non-fiction book should show both sides or "who knows what she really was thinking" but not "here is what she was thinking" or the author quoting her opinion of Elizabeth being silly over the marriage thing and saying "what was wrong with her?" I believe Elizabeth was brilliant in playing the marriage game, not a needy, I need a man, my womb hurts from not having a child, weeping kind of [...]

    11. Breezy on said:

      I absolutely LOVE this book! I think that Weir gives a very refreshing view of Elizabeth and her motives. Compared with David Starkey's "Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne", I would choose Weir hands down. While Starkey writes with a pompous style that seems to scream "I am the one and only expert on all things about Tudor England", Weir comes straight out and says that, aside from predetermined fact, she offers theories about what may have happened. Also, I may be naive, but I like the fact [...]

    12. Jennifer on said:

      The cover boasts this book as a member of the New York Times best seller club. I question how many of the book's purchasers actually read the book in its entirety. I spent months reading the book due to other obligations consuming my time and my inability to keep up with the name changes. A character map would have greatly helped me keep up with who the Duke of ___ and Lord __ were in 1540 compared to different men with the same names in 1585. How many different titles/names did Robert Dudley ha [...]

    13. Harold Titus on said:

      "Elizabeth the Queen" is a lengthy biography meticulously written by Alison Weir. It is a detailed portrayal of a remarkable queen whose reign spanned nearly 45 years (1558 to 1603). The author succeeds in conveying the uniqueness of the monarch, the dangers -- foreign and domestic -- that she consistently confronted, the grandeur and extravagance of the royal court, the connivances of courtiers, the jealousies of competing counselors, Elizabeth’s unwavering affection for her subjects, and her [...]

    14. Steven Peterson on said:

      This is an absolutely wonderful biography of Queen Elizabeth I. The story begins with her uncertain childhood, following the death of her mother, Anne Boleyn, by order of her father Henry VIII. Her first passion is briefly told and her fears for her life as her sister, Mary, reigned. But it is really the tracing of the arc of her reign that is at the heart of this book. The volume weaves together Elizabeth's personal life, her court life, and the political context in which she operated. You need [...]

    15. Pamela on said:

      Weir’s account of QE1’s final days had me spilling tears. I hadn’t realized that I’d become so emotionally involved with her. The awful, and awesomeness, of her heroism during those final days seems a fitting coda to the awful, awesome, heroic life she led. Has there ever been a woman like her before or since? Would that our current political leaders had half the backbone and statesmanshipshe displayed.Forget the movies you’ve seen about this Queen and get stuck into a more source base [...]

    16. Dana DesJardins on said:

      While it is fascinating to learn that Elizabeth Regina had 3,000 dresses and new pairs of shoes made to order every week, I had thought that maybe it would be useful to know a bit about the political world she brought to abeyance during her forty-five year reign of relative peace. There is entirely too much back and forthing about how she kept suitors at bay and not nearly enough explanation of the geo-political context. Why weren't the English able to establish colonies in the Americas when Spa [...]

    17. Rindis on said:

      The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir, is more 'the reign of Elizabeth I', in that it only gives the bare essentials of background before starting with when succeeds to the throne of England at the age of 25. However, Weir has covered the earlier parts of her live in other books, so there isn't much reason to go into it here.Past that, it is a biography, and good one too. Weir takes us on a tour of Elizabeth's life, and talks about her court, her politics, her intrigues, her courting. Weir usua [...]

    18. 1CheekyLass on said:

      Elizabeth is my absolutely favorite female monarch. It's such a shame that she didn't have kids to carry on her the Tudor line. This book is richly detailed in giving the reader an up close and personal view of the characters and their various personalities in addition to the historical detail of their surroundings. I love how smart, witty and forceful Elizabeth could be but on the other hand, she could be very vulnerable--a perfect balance for a queen IMO. The host of people throughout Elizabet [...]

    19. Susan on said:

      (Audiobook) — This biography concentrates on Queen Elizabeth's approximately 40 year reign, giving just a brief summary of her earlier life. And even so, there is a lot to cover in these 600+ pages, and some important topics, like the Spanish Armada, are discussed rather briefly. The book thoroughly covers Elizabeth's friendship/flirtation with the Earl of Leicester, the long saga of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth’s negotiations for marriage with various foreign princes, which formed an [...]

    20. Elena on said:

      Borrowed from Open Library.Elizabeth I is one of those famous historical figures I knew only basic facts about, and really wanted to learn more. The Life of Elizabeth I was an excellent pick: I was amazed by Weir’s scrupulous account and I devoured every single page. It is my favourite Alison Weir book so far (or maybe tied with The Lady in the Tower).Elizabeth I had many good qualities as well as defects, and, if I have to find one complaint about Weir’s book, is that she tends to justify t [...]

    21. Lukasz Pruski on said:

      Not being qualified to provide a competent review of this history book I can only express my admiration for the amount of meticulous research that went into writing "Elizabeth the Queen" and congratulate Alison Weir on her dedication and literary talent. This is another monumental work, on par with "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Children of England". The author used so many sources (the list spans 20 pages) that there are some periods in the Queen's reign that almost each day is documented, [...]

    22. James on said:

      Without doubt the best biography on Queen Elizabeth I ever written. Alison Weir draws you in as a reader so close to the life of England's arguably most famous- and one of its most successful- Monarchs, that you really feel as if you are getting to know Elizabeth herself. Although not intended as a biography and more of a detail about Elizabeth's personnel life and court. Weir gives the reader much detail about Elizabeth's Palaces, and progresses, the entertainments put on for her by her nobles [...]

    23. Destiny on said:

      After having some doubts with Weir's authorship with Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings, I was glad to be reassured with her biography of Elizabeth I of England.I've always loved Elizabeth. Her story captivated me. The girl who had lost her mother at such a young age and lived in such a perilous age brought glory to her country once again. I had watched countless movies with her and the fascination grew from there.I knew of the important facts of Elizabeth's reign, but with this book I got a bet [...]

    24. CF on said:

      A brilliant account of Elizabeth's life from her succession to her death. How amazing, how eye-opening a book this was. Elizabeth, after the terrible, bloody reign of her half-sister Mary I, had the enormous task of re-uniting the nation of England, pay back incredible debts, and make people believe in the Tudor's once again. Her shrewd intelligence and negociating skills held back the Spanish for so long, and even when she could not stop the Armada coming, she defended her country with the utmo [...]

    25. Adriana on said:

      I am currently at the beginning of this book but I can already tell it is going to be a darn good one. My fascination with the Tudors has not ebbed and continues with each and every character that is introduced. Within Elizabeth's court there are many interesting personalities, one being Sir Walter Raleigh, another being Sir Francis Drake. And although I know these men, have read of them in past novels or works of non-fiction, I can already sense that I will be heading over to the bookstore for [...]

    26. Chris on said:

      Alison Weir has written a superb biography of one of the longest reigning and most influential monarchs in British history. Her writing style makes it seem like you are reading a novel instead of a work of non-fiction. The book starts with a brief description of her parents and her childhood, but the bulk of the book concentrates on her 45 year reign as Queen of England. Both her public and private lives are delved into in great detail, and Weir manages to make Queen Elizabeth come alive. If you [...]

    27. Crystal Withem on said:

      I really did not like this book. I tried so hard to like it, but I just got upset every single time I had to read the same thing over and over again. I understand that Elizabeth I did not want to get married. I didn't need it repeated to me 5-6 times in one chapter. It felt like there was allot of filler was used to make this book longer.

    28. Annie on said:

      Look, biographies are sometimes utterly boring. So boring that no one wants to read them. However, Alison Weir's book was FANTASTIC! Though the book took me ages to read on the train, I enjoyed every bit of it. Informative and interesting, this is a great book!

    29. Viola on said:

      Alison Weir is definitely my favorite biographer. I'm on a mission to read everything she reads. My fondness for history that reads like fction? She does it just right. :-)

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