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Elizabeth I: A Novel
 
 
Author
Margaret George.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches
ISBN 9780670022533
Pages/Publication Date 671/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33173
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The author of such evocative historical novels as The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles here gives us the enigmatic and legendary Elizabeth Tudor. She was the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war, the gorgeously attired and bejeweled woman who pinched pennies. Margaret George's gripping novel portrays Elizabeth I in the queen's own voice, looking back on her long career, and also in the voice of Elizabeth's cousin Lettice Knollys, her rival in love and her opposite in nearly every other endeavor.

"Personal and political conflicts among such larger-than-life historical figures as Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, and Will Shakespeare intertwine in George's meticulously envisioned portrait of Elizabeth I during the last 25 years of her reign. Unlike most contemporary depictions of the Virgin Queen, this one is actually a virgin; she's married to England, whose interests she pursues with shrewdness, courage, and wisdom borne of surviving the deaths of her family. Readers see the queen through her own eyes and those of her cousin, Lettice Knollys, wife of Elizabethan heartthrob Robert Dudley, a.k.a. the earl of Leicester. Elizabeth's antithesis, thrice-married and much-bedded Lettice, is driven by passion and self-interest, easily evidenced by the story's beginnings: it's 1588, and Elizabeth meets the threat of the Spanish Armada head-on while Lettice calculates how her son might benefit. Like her heroine, George possesses an eye for beauty and a knack for detail, creating a vibrant story that, for nearly 700 pages, enables readers to experience firsthand Elizabeth's decisions, triumphs, and losses. Rather than turn Elizabeth I into a romantic heroine, George painstakingly reveals a monarch who defined an era."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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