Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review: Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Elizabeth I

 Margaret George
Paperback:  688 pages
Viking Adult; 1St Edition edition (April 5, 2011)


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

The book portrays Elizabeth I, the virgin queen of England. The story started when she was 50 years old until her death in 1603. All the historical account of Elizabeth's life were told from her own POV, which for me, made the book more interesting to read.

I tremendously enjoyed reading this book, thus the 5-star ratings above. Also loved the cast of characters - Sir Walter Raleigh, William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, etc. I didn't realize how absorbed I was until I looked at the clock and realized hours had passed. However, I must warn you that this is a very LOOONG book which took me weeks to finish reading.

I would recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. This is my first book by Margaret George and will definitely look out for her other books.

About the book:

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.

About the author:

Margaret George specializes in epic fictional biographies of historical figures, taking pains to make them as factually accurate as possible without compromising the drama. Her THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HENRY VIII will have its 25th anniversary this September, and continues to be popular. ABC-TV based its 1999 Emmy-nominated "Cleopatra" miniseries on her THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA. All of her books have been bestsellers, with twenty-one foreign translations.

Margaret's father was in the Foreign Service and so she lived overseas for her early life, in such different places as tropical Taiwan, desert Israel, and cold war Berlin, all of which were great training for a novelist to be. She started writing 'books' about the same time as she could write at all, mainly for her own entertainment. It was a diversion she never outgrew. Her published works are: THE AUTOBIOGAPHY OF HENRY VIII, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTLAND AND THE ISLES, THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA, MARY CALLED MAGDALENE, HELEN OF TROY, ELIZABETH I, and an illustrated children's book, LUCILLE LOST.

Margaret lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington DC, and has a sextagenarian tortoise as a pet.


I received a review copy of this book free from the publisher, Viking Adult. The review posted above is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I've added this one to my list because I LOVE historical fiction. 5 stars definitely convinces me to give this a try. Thanks bunches!

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