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Elizabeth I by Margaret George
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This book portrays Elizabeth I from 1588 (when she was in her 50's and just before the legendary Spanish Armada debacle) until her death in March of 1603. It is a truly wonderful book written from the viewpoint of Elizabeth I with some insertions from the viewpoint of her cousin Lettice Knolleys who is almost a mirror-image of Elizabeth (although younger by 10 years). Elizabeth I was "Virgin Queen". Her cousin was married three times and the mother of three living children). Letitia married Elizabeth I's erstwhile lover (in name only), Robert Dudley, and it was a deed that Elizabeth could never forgive her for. After I finished the book I felt as though I knew these wonderful and strong women. Ms. George does a remarkable job of depicting their characters. We see Elizabeth as the brilliant monarch who still was uncertain of herself in so many ways in her personal life. We are introduced to so many historical figures like Sir Walter Raleigh, William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and so many others too numerous to mention. I just can't get over how Ms. George manages to bring these people and this era to life! This book is a remarkable achievement, and I feel honoured that I was entrusted to review this book before it's initial release. I highly recommend it.
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message 1: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Read the Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his Fool Will Somers also by Margaret George to get a complete picture! I am personally glad she returned to this time frame because she is so eloquent!


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