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Legacy by Susan Kay
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Nov 03, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: those obsessed with Elizabeth & the Earl of Leicester
Read in December, 2007

Well-researched, very engaging look at Elizabeth I. The author took 10 years to write it and yet somehow resisted the urge to drown the reader in detailed descriptions of the era. Something I've no doubt I could not have resisted, & actually wished for more of. However, she does a remarkable job of creating a psychological portrait of Elizabeth, reconstructing pivotal events through the viewpoints of the 3 principals she focuses on: E., Robert Dudley (the Earl of L.), & William Cecil (later Lord Burghley). Several times you have the rather eerie feeling you're looking out from behind Elizabeth's eyes and feeling her rather frighteningly brilliant political brain maneuver.

The question we all want answered: Well, did they or didn't they....?! The answer is Yes....eventually. Very eventually.
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