The Lady Elizabeth

The Lady Elizabeth

A Novel

Book - 2008
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A vivid fictional portrait of the tumultuous early life of Queen Elizabeth I describes her perilous path to the throne of England and the scandal, political intrigues, and religious turmoil she confronted along the way, from the deaths of her parents, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, to the fanaticism of her sister, Mary I.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780345495358
0345495357
Branch Call Number: WEIR
Characteristics: 480 p. ; 25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Oct 29, 2014

An interesting read about the early life of Elizabeth. Weir makes up in historical accuracy for what she lacks in character building. She doesn't have the passion or storytelling ability of Philippa Gregory, but Elizabeth's story is a compelling one nonetheless.

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slowturtle
Mar 19, 2012

I've read only half the novel so far, and I can proclaim that Weir has painted a new and true portrait of the early days of Elizabeth. As I vivid tudor reader I notice the dramatic scenes put in or the gaps in history filled with the author's own intake. This makes the story even more unique and different than the average historical fiction you pick off the shelf. However, some were a bit to "over the top" with suggestions of Elizabeth not being the Virgin she claimed she was.

A great book any way and a must read for any historic lovers.

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artemis_
Feb 04, 2011

captures the early elizabeth in a perfect, true light.
a must read for any tudor lover.
one of weir's best works

crankylibrarian Oct 19, 2010

Why read a thriller when you know the outcome? That's the challenge of historical fiction, particularly in the case of well-known figures like Queen Elizabeth. Alison Weir, noted Tudor historian, essentially re-writes her well informed biographies of Elizabeth and her family as fiction, yet remarkably endows the familiar story with a tension and suspense that actually make you wonder how it will all turn out. There's no new information here: Princess Elizabeth loses her mother and her title at the stroke of a sword, when her father Henry VIII executes Queen Anne Boleyn for treason. Her status now forever in doubt, Elizabeth grows into a precocious, resourceful young woman, wary of marriage and sexual entanglements and skilled at keeping her own counsel. With few advantages beyond her courage and formidable intelligence, she schemes and charms her way out of various intrigues and treasonous plots, coming perilously close to meeting her mother's fate.

I was surprised at how much this novel moved me, especially the relationship between Elizabeth and her tragic half sister Mary. Initially seeing herself as a mother figure for the little sister who was 17 years her junior, Mary eventually succumbed to jealousy and resentment, carefully stoked by Elizabeth's political enemies. While we rejoice in Elizabeth's eventual triumph, we can't help but pity the failure and disappointments of her embittered older sister.

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