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Queen of This Realm (Queens of England #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,368 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
In this "memoir" by Elizabeth I, legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy reveals the Virgin Queen as she truly was: the bewildered, motherless child of an all-powerful father; a captive in the Tower of London; a shrewd politician; a lover of the arts; and eventually, an icon of an era. It is the story of her improbable rise to power and the great triumphs of her reign--t ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Broadway Books (first published 1985)
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When I was invited to write a review about a book by Jane Plaidy, I readily accepted. I had heard so much about the author but never really had the chance to read any of her works. Queen of this Realm seemed like a good choice for this first experience, since the charismatic Elizabeth I, queen of England is one of my favorite historic figures.

The book opens with Elizabeth’s troubled childhood. Daughter of the all powerful Henri VIII and the attractive Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth
Ana Luisa
Jan 30, 2015 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it
Tenía altas expectativas sobre este libro, además de que lo compré porque adoro la historia de la reina Isabel I. Podría decirse que me gustó mucho pero no fue la gran revelación.

Tuvo un comienzo muy prometedor, la prosa era fluida, rica en descripción y agradable. Me encantó que nos presentara a una Isabel en las diferentes etapas de su vida y los diferentes personajes que van apareciendo en ella. Por lo mismo de que hay muchos personajes, cuesta trabajo seguir el paso al principio pero te acos
Nov 10, 2014 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: swapped
The best word I can think to describe this book is tedious. Elizabeth I is a very interesting person and her life story should not have been all about her relationship with men. I found no strength of character and she appeared to be a ding-bat teen in her emotional relationships up until her death. Elizabeth speaks of her beloved Robert endlessly. Which might be ok except she says the same thing page after page..."I could almost marry him today...but I can't". And she also goes on and on about ...more
Cynthia  Scott
Apr 16, 2011 Cynthia Scott rated it really liked it
I would rank this book as five star as a historical book, but as three star for general reading pleasure. There were quite a few instances when incidents were reported repeatedly as background to new events - too often and too many. It seemed almost as if many chapters were meant to be free-standing stories.

The material was very accurate and the whole of Elizabeth's life as an adult reported very well.
Jun 21, 2013 Shelley rated it did not like it
I have read other books by Plaidy but they were not this tedious. She managed to reduce this powerful, fascinating woman down to just her idolatry of men. I am sure that factored into her reign, but I didn't need almost 600 pages on it to the exclusion of her policies and masterful leadership.
Sep 01, 2012 Cassy rated it liked it
This is another one of those times I REALLY wish that Goodreads had a 1/2 star rating. I would give this a solid 3 1/2. Mainly because of the ending.

This book could really only be considered fiction because Plaidy gets inside of Elizabeth's head. She doesn't from the first person POV and, of course, we could never really know what was going on in Elizabeth's head so it has to be fiction. I'm sure a lot of the conversation are interpretative, but I bet they're pretty close to what was said.

Oct 18, 2011 Rae rated it liked it
Perhaps these Elizabethan/Victorian/period novels that follow the lives of royal and other figures are not my cup of tea, but I have to say this is the second time I've been left feeling a little less than impressed. This story is good, for what it is. I just wasn't thrilled with it.

Jean Plaidy's writing is nice, and compared to Carolly Erickson's random jumps into kitschy Harlequin moments, she's a breath of fresh air. But my biggest qualm is with her portrayal of Elizabeth.

The book is obviou
Jan 03, 2015 Rea rated it it was amazing

Sie war eine der rätselhaftesten und faszinierendsten Frauen: Elisabeth I., Englands große Königin. Aber die Tochter Heinrichs VIII. und der unglücklichen Anne Boleyn weiß schon in jungen Jahren, dass sie sich nie von einem Mann beherrschen lassen wird - bis sie sich in Robert Dudley verliebt, den zu heiraten ihr die Staatsräson verbietet. Er war die einzige Leidenschaft ihres Lebens. Als Königin darf Elisabeth von der Liebe nur träumen...


Elisabeth I., geliebt, gehasst, verra
May 26, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

Elisabeth I., geliebt, gehasst, verraten... Als 2 Tochter Heinrichs VIII. war sie nichts viel wert. Ein Sohn musste her, dafür heiratete Heinrich VIII. 6 Ehefrauen, und eine gebar ihm den gewünschten Sohn. Mit 3 Jahren als illegetim erklärt, mit 25 geliebte Königin Englands. 45 Jahre hat sie als Alleinregendin auf dem Thron Englands gesessen. Ihr leben Lang hat Elisabeth nur eine Liebe gehabt, Robert Dudley, den sie niemals heiraten darf. Elisabeth schafft es während ihrer Regendschaft,
Rachael C
Jan 20, 2016 Rachael C rated it really liked it
Queen Elizabeth I is one of my favorite historical figures, and this book did an excellent job of chronicling her life from childhood to just before her death. The novel was clearly well researched, highlighting the most important people and events of her life and reign, and because it was told from the first person perspective, I think it gave the reader more sympathy and understanding of her character.

My only issue with the novel was that there was a great deal of repetition given in the Quee
Edward Creter
"You can't control an independent heart."--Sting.
In the case of Queen Elizabeth I, it's absolutely true.Queen Liz has beeen the subject of non-fiction books, fictional works, a mystery series and some very popular movies, two of which showcase the ravishing Cate Blanchett as her Majesty. But I think Queen of this Realm by Lady Jean Plaidy takes us more into her heart and shows us the woman behind the crown 'cos it tells the story from her perspective as if she's writing her own auto-bio. It's an
Sep 10, 2012 Mamma23 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves5star, england
One of my all-time fave books on Liz 1st. I also devour anything Philippa Gregory churns out. I dare say, I loved this one better than the Gregory The Virgin Queen..gasp!

Yes, it is FICTION...historical fiction. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it after reading Gregory, but it was oh so worth it.

I LOVE Elizabeth, so almost anything I get my hands on about her, I usually love, so take it with a grain of salt.

I found this book on a dollar pile (!) at the flea market. Jean Plaidy also had
Sep 08, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Jean Plaidy managed to capture the character of Elizabeth I exactly how I would imagine it. The voice Jean Plaidy gave her really made me believe in the decisions that Elizabeth I made, such as her decision to remain the Virgin Queen and refuse all marriage. Yet her narration shows her strengths and weaknesses and her incredible self-awareness of them, and her true character. Her adoration of certain young men and her admitting she knows it is truly her power and positi ...more
I don't know why I haven't reviewed this novel, but here is my review now (of what I remember).

This is one of my favourite novels by Jean Plaidy. Elizabeth I was such a complex and intriguing woman to characterise her was a challenge Plaidy took upon herself. She did a brilliant job, exploring her relationship with Thomas Seymour and his wife, her stepmother Katherine Parr, her relationship with Robert Dudley, the man she wanted to marry but would not, even for him, fore sake her crown. And then
Sep 01, 2007 Korynn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: brief historians
I did not like the beginning of this fictional retelling of the life of Elizabeth I in her own voice. Mostly because of the realistic idiotic girl tone to it in which she primps and giggles with her servants when she's not slapping them for angering her. Luckily she grows out of it and really on the whole you'd be better off finding a good biography because that's basically how this mammoth undertaking reads, as a brief readthrough of events in the life of Queen Elizabeth I year by year. I appla ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudorisms
Historical fiction at its best. Jean Plaidy (who is also about ten other people, including Victoria Holt, Queen of the Governess Gothic) not only writes great dialog and interesting plot but actually does her research. This is a top-notch example of how engrossing real history can be -- a bit stilted, perhaps, for those accustomed to the lusty nekkidness of The Tudors or the teen-angst soap-opera that is Reign, but if you prefer your history accurate rather than spicy, you'll be most pleased.
Oct 06, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent historical romance. I love reading about Queen Elizabeth I and thought this book was a wonderful story, partially including real history, but also always touching on the missed romances that Elizabeth had through out her reign. I like the way that Jean Plaidy writes. Her written voice is easy to follow, exciting, and educating. She includes not only the romance realm, but also insight into the politics of her reign and never-ending fight for her crown by usurpers, ...more
This is my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It might just be due to the fact that I’ve read so many novels and histories about Elizabeth I that any others I read need to be truly magnificent so that they stand out from the crowd. This novel is par for the course for Plaidy- an extensive re-telling of the life of one of history’s most popular figures.

It just didn’t do anything for me. I thought maybe I was getting sick of Plaidy because I’ve been reading so much of her lately, but the novel I’m
Jan 11, 2012 Kent rated it really liked it
I started out to read Elizabeth I by Margaret George, but when I learned that it began with the Spanish Armada, I decided to read Jean Plaidy's Queen of the Realm instead. I had read one other of Plaidy's Tudor Queen series, so I was familiar with her style.

I enjoyed the book, but toward the end was growing tired of Elizbeth's endless admissions of her own vanity (the book is written in the first person). I wonder if the real Elizabeth would have ever admitted to such.

I found the book enjoyable
May 17, 2011 K. rated it liked it
I do love Plaidy's historical fiction - she puts so much life into her stories. This is not to mention that her research is much more accurate than some popular authors I will not name.

Queen of This Realm goes as far back as "Elizabeth" can remember in her life, the first memory being of her mother desperately trying to get the king to acknowledge her, just days before Anne's execution. As it follows along on the road of her life, you get a sense of the human behind the legendary title. She real
Mar 17, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
It took forever to read the book! I think it did a good job of describing Elizabeth and guessing at her motives and behavior. However, it was very dry. She's not a nice person at all, but considering what a psychopath her father was and her mother being murdered by him -- that wound explain some of her behavior. Royals in general were rather selfish in their belief that they were so superior to others, but at least she heard wise people around her and sometimes she actually exercised true wisdom ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Laurie rated it really liked it
So far, I am finding the book pretty readable...and it is not always easy for me to get through a book about Elizabeth. Phillipa Gregory is probably the only author who has written a book about her that I've been able to finish.

While Plaidy is not as juicy a writer as Gregory, I find her books easy to read and educational (with a grain of historical fiction salt). From the recent publications of her Queens series, I've worked my way down from Eleanor of Acquitaine in chronological order. All of
3.75 stars. This one is about Elizabeth I. This is only the second Plaidy I’ve read, but it seems that they are very detailed. Which is very interesting, but at times I found it a little long (which is why I didn't give it the full 4 stars). Sometimes it’s hard to think that the book is fiction. Obviously, with the dialogue and such, it is, but I’m thinking that most of what she describes actually did happen, and Plaidy doesn’t seem to play up the rumours. They are mentioned, but in the book, th ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Like the final line from "There will be blood" I'M FINISHED!!!!
It makes me said to admit that it took me forever to read one of my favorite author's books. There was just so many other books that I had to read because they came in as holds. Now, I do own this one; so perhaps that is why I said alot...let me just come back to thi later.

The detail the tone...always spot on with Jean Plaidy. She doesn't dive into the hype of Elizabeth falling into bed with was a love affair of the soul
May 17, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
I do love Plaidy's historical fiction - she puts so much life into her stories. This is not to mention that her research is much more accurate than some popular authors I will not name.

Queen of This Realm goes as far back as "Elizabeth" can remember in her life, the first memory being of her mother desperately trying to get the king to acknowledge her, just days before Anne's execution. As it follows along on the road of her life, you get a sense of the human behind the legendary title. She real
Oct 10, 2014 Evelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say I did not enjoy this book as well as Victoria Victorious. I think if the focus had been more on the events of the time and less on Elizabeth's vanity and her hot/cold relationships, I would have found it a much more interesting read. I could not keep the characters straight, firstly because their names kept changing, and secondly because they were very one dimensional as a result of the memoir format of the book.
Sep 27, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. I agree with other readers that summing up Elizabeth I whole reign is tricky. This is written from in Elizabeth's voice, but I found much of it very repetitive with Elizabeth constantly stating how smart she is and how good her "men" are. Quite a few pages could have been cut out if Plaidy did not feel the need to repeat. Not the best Queen Elizabeth I fiction, but an overall enjoyable read.
Nov 05, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school, fun-reads
It was a very interesting mix of history and fiction, I found it difficult at times to know what was real and what wasn't which was neat. I got the feeling by the end of the book that I had really read a memoir of the Queen, and had to remind myself that it was indeed fiction. The bibliography list for the book is definitely a good resource in itself, if nothing else it provides a very nice chronological portrait of the political happenings of the time.
Jul 12, 2013 Kendra rated it liked it
Quite honestly I didn't read the whole thing... I thought this was going to be more historical and it was written to be as historically correct as possible but the author focused on the love life of Queen Elizabeth. I didn't care to much about that I wanted to read more about the political, social things that happened during here reign. Oh well.
Jun 14, 2012 Daylin rated it it was ok
It was a good book just it was very very long. Also I didn't like how she kept addressing the same people by different names, yes I understand they were given new titles and everything but it just made everything much more confusing if she is talking to Deverouex one minute and then Essex the next when it was the same person.
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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