Elizabeth, The Queen

Elizabeth, The Queen


By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 36mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 9 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099524252
  • ISBN 13: 9780099524250
  • Illustrations note: col. ill
  • Sales rank: 39,363

Product description

In her highly praised "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and its sequel, "Children of England", Alison Weir examined the private lives of the early Tudor kings and queens, and chronicled the childhood and youth of one of England's most successful monarchs, Elizabeth I. This book begins as the young Elizabeth ascends the throne in the wake of her sister Mary's disastrous reign. Elizabeth is portrayed as both a woman and a queen, an extraordinary phenomenon in a patriarchal age. Alison Weir writes of Elizabeth's intriguing, long-standing affair with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, of her dealings - sometimes comical, sometimes poignant - with her many suitors, of her rivalry with Mary, Queen of Scots, and of her bizarre relationship with the Earl of Essex, thirty years her junior. Rich in detail, vivid and colourful, this book comes as close as we shall ever get to knowing what Elizabeth I was like as a person.

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Author information

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her non-fiction books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Katherine Swynford and Elizabeth of York. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, The Lady Elizabeth and A Dangerous Inheritance.

Review quote

"Excellent...intricate and absorbing...An elegant, shrewd and wonderfully vivacious book." -- Miranda Seymour Sunday Times "An excellent account of the greatest of England's remarkable great queens." -- Kathryn Hughes Daily Telegraph "An informative and entertaining biography." -- Peter Ackroyd The Times "Full, fair and judicious and particularly good on Elizabeth's private life." -- Paul Johnson Literary Review "Fantastic and fascinating! Alison Weir's great talent is to pack in details without losing readability...highly recommended" The Bookfiends Kingdom