Jun 06, 12
Read from May 27 to June 06, 2012
Margaret George paints a very compassionate and patient picture of Elizabeth. I enjoyed the beginning of the book dealing with the Spanish Armada of 1588. I also enjoyed the contrasting views George presents in the character of Elizabeth's cousin Lettice. The book is constructed around the alternating views of Elizabeth and Lettice. The perspectives of both women were set in opposition to each other. They do reconcile themselves near the end of the book prior to their deaths. I also enjoyed the description of the intrigue that was painted of Elizabeth's relationship to her nephew and nemesis, the Earl of Essex. The book paints her as very forgiving of the Earl, he does however finally incur her wrath through an attempted coup. I am not sure that George's description of William Shakespeare and Frances Bacon comport with history. This had to be a daunting project due to the paucity of the historical record.
Overall an interesting read.