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The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
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Jan 24, 10

Read in February, 2010

I have long been fascinated by Queen Elizabeth I. A woman who was educated when few women were, Elizabeth Tudor was fluent in seven languages and had the political acumen to bring peace and prosperity to England for over 40 years. She also refused to marry at a time when it was believed that women simply did not have the mental capacity to rule kingdoms. The irony is that her father, King Henry VIII, was obsessed with siring a male heir, yet it was Elizabeth who became the great ruler, not Edward VI (Elizabeth's half-brother only ruled for six years and died at the age of 15). As Queen Elizabeth told her subjects, "I am not a lioness but I am a lion's cub." Queen Elizabeth was intensely private and for the most part her inner thoughts are still elusive, yet Weir brings her to life in this work. A great read!
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