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Elizabeth I

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,354 ratings  ·  596 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.

One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma-the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the
Hardcover, 671 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Viking (first published March 1st 2011)
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Margaret George writes about Queen Elizabeth I of England and the last years of her reign.

I think most people are aware that Elizabeth's father was Henry VIII and the tumultuous going's on that preceded and then ushered in her reign. But fewer are aware of what happened during the later years of her life.

The last years were still exciting and dangerous, filled with invading Spanish armadas (more than one) and power hungry lords. That's what this book is all about.

I confess: I am a major fan of b
Grace Elliot
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge fan of Margaret George. It was reading her book about Mary Queen of Scots that first kindled my interest in history. Ms George is a towering literary talent and I re-read The Autobiography of Henry VIII every year. So why then did I fell an overwhelming sense of release when I finished 'Elizabeth I'?
This book was a slog to read with little or no of the Ms George magic. It struck me she has lost her way as a writer and become totally absorbed by th
Deborah Pickstone
Margaret George is one of the best historical novelists. Here we find Elizabeth at the point of the invasion of the Spanish Armada and told, largely from her own POV, about the later years of her reign. Quite different from the usual focus on her earlier years and largely less dramatic - but very absorbing! She is one of my favourite characters in English history; this is the equal of The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers which is an all time favorite of mine.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Historical fiction novelist Margaret George has never shied away from retelling a well known story. Her subjects have included: Henry the VIII, Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scots, Helen of Troy and now Elizabeth I. It takes a lot of nerve and a passionate love of the subject to tackle the life of a figure we could all know enough about to write a 200 word bio. Add to that the explosion of novels about the Tudors in the last few years and George's audaciousness is multiplied by a thousand.

There are t
I've never really worshiped at the altar of Margaret George.

"The Memoirs of Cleopatra" is fantastic; that I will never deny. It's probably the best fictional Cleopatra book out there. "Helen of Troy" is frothy and fun and kind of a really long summer beach read? I don't know. "Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles" was basically a bodice ripper with really disturbing implications... (George apparently dismisses any idea that Mary was kidnapped or raped by her third husband--and believe me, that
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margaret George has cemented her reputation as a grand dame of historical fiction, creating epic novels about history's most legendary characters, from Henry VIII to Mary of Scotland to Helen of Troy. In her latest novel, ELIZABETH I, she tackles perhaps the most legendary and elusive figure of all - the Virgin Queen herself.

Elizabeth Tudor is famous as much for what she said and did as for what she did not. She remains so fascinating precisely because we know so little about her personally, eve
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: History lovers
As much as I enjoyed the descriptive writing -- boy, can Margaret George make me experience the reality of living as an Elizabethan -- and the deft handling of a middle-aged woman's viewpoint, I struggled to finish this novel. I even struggled as I read it to identify what, exactly, my issues were with it. Was I just not in the mood for a novel that stretched more than 600 pages? Have I gotten so used to reading my guilty-pleasure reads that I can no longer tolerate the slower pace and richer la ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book tremendously! Am not one who likes Queen Elizabeth I messed with so when I received this book as an anniversary present from my husband I was a bit skeptical. No need, so thoroughly steeped in history as to be acceptable to even the most proficient in the Tudor era. George does let you know at the end what is historiography and what is fiction (which as a former-history teacher I appreciate—can be so hard to dispel the history students pick up in Disney cartoons or Hollywood mo ...more
מרגרט ג'ורג' היא סופרת מוכשרת. קראתי 2 רומאנים הסטורים מפרי עטה: הראשון עסק בהנרי ה-8, תקופת שלטונות ונשותיו והשני עסק במלכה המצרית קליאופטרה, תקופת שלטונה, יחסיה עם יוליוס קיסר ומארק אנטוני ובכלל עם השלטון הרומאי. שניהם היו טובים מאוד, מעניינים ומרתקים.

לצערי, לא זה המצב ברומן העוסק במלכה אליזבת הראשונה, בתו של הנרי ה- 8 מאן בולין.

הרומאן משתרע מתחילת שנות ה- 90 של המאה ה16 (1590 לערך אולי קצת לפני 1585 והלאה) עד לתחילת המאה ה- 17 כשהאפילוג כביכול נכתב בשנת 1634. הוא עוסק בתקופת שלטונה האחרונה של
Linda C
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Overall, this book was a huge disappointment. It was tedious, boring, and way, way, way too long. It took me over 4 weeks to read, which meant that I really did not want to be reading it. If one ever suffers from insomnia, 30 pages with this book and you will be out like a light (probably why it took me so long to read it, I could never stay awake). I should also add that the four weeks of reading time included an 11 hour plane ride, so if I couldn't even stick with it while confined in an airpl ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I count myself as one of the people lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Margaret George’s new novel Elizabeth I. I can honestly say that having read every one of Ms. George’s novels I had every expectation to thoroughly enjoy it and I was not disappointed. The author researches her subjects for months, even years, and writes a very factual novel but in a fascinating way. She writes in a story format so as to entertain while imparting a wonderful piece of historical data that doesn’t leave ...more
I'm going to say right at the outset that I loved this book and consider it to be one of Margaret George's finest. That said, I know there are some that were disappointed because the author begins the work of historical fiction when the Queen is 55 years old. It's not a book about the excitement of her early years, but I don't believe it takes anything way from this novel.

Robert Dudley has already died. Elizabeth loved him, and although she had already decided to remain unmarried (she was known
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
Not bad, but underwhelming all the same. Readers should be aware, going into this, that the book begins when Queen Elizabeth I is fifty-five years of age and that any prior events will be referred to in clunky or random exposition. One of the most unfortunate consequences of starting a book so late in Elizabeth I's reign is that two of her most trusted advisors die quite early on, and obviously she's upset, but it's difficult for the reader to have any emotional reaction. If I hadn't known bette ...more
Elizabeth I was not easy for me. I decided to start it because, after devouring The Life of Elizabeth I, I wanted to read a novel about this famous queen, and Margaret George’s book had been waiting on my kindle for quite a while. However, I was startled to discover that, far from covering all of Elizabeth’s life, it only starts with the defeat of the Armada. I had totally missed it when I bought it! Furthermore, the book is long and the pace is quite slow, and sometimes I was unsure if I was go ...more
Lisa (Lisa and Things)
This was a bit of a slow read for me, but I'll definitely pick up another Margaret George novel!

It was really interesting to read about Elizabeth I after having read (and watched) fiction about her parents, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. While it was interesting to read about Elizabeth's later years, I'd love to read/learn more about her earlier years (e.g. her childhood, the early years of her reign, what unfolded with Mary Queen of Scots, etc.)

Like I mentioned, it was a bit slow for me. I wouldn
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Much has been written about and discussed of Robert Dudley: the great “love” of Queen Elizabeth I’s life. However, there was another Robert, the Earl of Essex and Dudley’s stepson, whom also impacted Elizabeth’s later life. Margaret George focuses on this relationship in her novel, “Elizabeth I”.

“Elizabeth I” is unique in its time period setting by beginning the story with the defeat of the Spanish Armada and emphasizing the Virgin Queen’s late adulthood. George highlights the interaction betwe
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I should start by saying that I enjoy Margaret George's work most of the time, and unlike Sharon Kaye Penman (whom I also like), she doesn't make historical figures unnaturally cosy ("Uncle Richard! Sit down and have a cup of malmsey with Ned and Dickon!" Like that) and when George captures the "voice" of her protagonist, things are usually entertaining without straining credulity.


Elizabeth Tudor emerges from this doorstop of a book as so smart, so kind, so wise, so statesmanlike, so . . . w
Janie Brooks
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth I was an iconic figure in English history, although there are very little actual personal papers on her that let us delve into her own thoughts. Margaret George did a fine job of breathing character into her volume of historical fiction. This book switches perspective to Lettice Knollys, who was Elizabeth's cousin and rival. Lettice is also the mother to Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex and much of the book centers on his relationship with Elizabeth. Margaret covers the Spanish Arma ...more
I didn’t find this book at all boring as others have but then it might be that much of the information about the Tudor era is new to me. Perhaps some scenes could have been cut but I thought they all added to the story. Plus, I thought Kate Reading gave an excellent performance

This story made me think of an odd kind of organic chemistry where two (and more) compounds come together, share electrons, separate, combine with others and then come together again,,, the two main compounds being Queen
Marinela "SAM" De Leon
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth I has always been one of my favorite heroines. She was a CEO who managed an almost bankrupt England, had a deep sense of people's inner motives and never wavered in her promise to stay married to the people of England. This isn't just another big book about a Tudor, this is a book to read if you want to know Elizabeth I as a woman too. Margaret George used two points of view--Elizabeth's and Lettice Knollys, her cousin and the wife of her beloved Robert Dudley. These two strong-willed ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I cannot take anymore of this book.

The amount of research is astounding, i mean really, really so much info.

And there-in lies the problem, it's way too long. It doesn't even start until the 1580's- she's already 50 i think- and it goes on forever. I'm at 1597 and i just can' do it anymore.

lettice knowles and essex...ugh. If this book was shorter i would give it more stars. but it is nev-er-end-ing.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like this author, and she did something very interesting with this well-known story. She told the life of Elizabeth I from two different people - from Elizabeth herself, and from her rival, Lettice Knollys. Each of them was a horrible bitch to the other.
Ruth Chatlien
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel looks at the latter half of Elizabeth's reign. It's very detailed, and I found the first half a trifle slow. Once it gets to the conflicts with Essex, however, it really picks up, so I do recommend it.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel:

"Elizabeth I" by Margaret George is an historical fiction account of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I reign, starting in 1588 and ending in 1603. It's also a story about the rivalry between Elizabeth and her cousin, Lettice Knollys, and the family drama they have to deal with when Lettice's son, the Earl of Essex, begins to undermine the authority of his queen.

There's so much that happens in this book, that
Erin Cataldi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I haven't read historical fiction in a minute and I will admit that I was first daunted by the size of this book. However I was quickly captivated and this book and it was all I could think about. I had to know more! I vaguely remember learning about Queen Elizabeth I in history class, but what did I really know about her? So much was a mystery about her. This 600+ page novel, doesn't start during her childhood or even her early reign. It starts when the Queen is in her fifties and follows her t ...more
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I was unsure about this book due to the negative reviews. When I first started listening, I thought that the reviews were true. However I stuck with it and it paid off. I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated. I always dislike the last years of Elizabeth's life because I feel so bad for her decline and I know that an amazing era is coming to an end. I enjoyed the part of Lettice-- a lot of people didn't but I did. I found Elizabeth to be just as she was as a young lady, a bundle of contradic ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Historical Fiction. I've read two other books by this author, and really liked them. But this one, I just 'liked'. It felt long, probably because it is actually long, but it's not good when it feels long. I'm not sure why the audio was 30+ hours, when the actual page count is under 700 pgs. Sometimes there is such a difference between those two.

I listened to the audio and I loved the narrator, Kate Reading. She did a great job. So 3 stars.
Irving Sol ☀️
Un libro muy lento y con capítulos muy irrelevantes en la historia. Personajes de la historia que suelen ser muy huecos y la reina Isabel está tan mala estructurada que difícilmente se entiende el porqué de sus decisiones. Una novela histórica que deja mucho por pedir y muy poco desarrollo de esa parte la historia de Inglaterra. Y aunque hay anécdotas que se pueden salva es lamentable que sus 828 páginas se vuelvan muy tediosas e inacabables.
Alexandra Nitu
Informative but heavy

As an avid reader of historical fiction I started the novel with excitement and curiosity. The turn of phrases and overall writing style made it difficult to read and wore off my enthusiasm for the subject.
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Margaret George is a rolling stone who has lived in many places, beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the U.S. diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan. The family traveled on a freighter named after Ulysses' son Telemachus that took thirty days to reach Taiwan, where they spent two years. Following that they lived in Tel Aviv (right after the 1948 wa ...more
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