The Life of Elizabeth I

By Alison Weir,

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Elizabeth the Queen begins as the young Elizabeth ascends the throne in the wake of her sister Mary's disastrous reign - both a woman and a queen, Elizabeth's story is an extraordinary phenomenon in a patriarchal age.

From Elizabeth's intriguing, long-standing affair with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to her…

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2 authors picked The Life of Elizabeth I as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to recommend this particular work of Alison Weir. A brilliant historian, she – by means of both traditional, meticulously-researched biographies, as well as in her historical fiction offerings –  chronicles many aspects, and a number of personages of Tudor England in all of its – and their – colourfully untidy turbulence. 

Her account of Elizabeth I’s life is amongst her best. I especially appreciate the skillful way in which Weir continuously “introduces” the reader to Elizabeth, as the compelling figure she is – fascinatingly intricate, brilliant, and annoyingly contradictory. Just when one seems to…

Travel back in time to the late 1500s and early 1600s in England and relive the life of perhaps the strongest and most fascinating woman in history. Elizabeth I was intelligent, cunning, and intriguing. Follow her unexpected rise to the crown, her tangled courtships, her tempestuous relationship with her cousin Mary Queen of Scots, and her fight to survive as queen in a ruthless political system of power mixed with religion. This is the book that solidified my love of nonfiction works!

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