Elizabeth I by Margaret George

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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 Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel- bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?

In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth's character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake-all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.

This is a magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner that is George's finest and most compelling novel and one that is sure to please readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
 

About Margaret George

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MARGARET GEORGE is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles, and Mary, Called Magdalene. She travels widely to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Penguin Books. 688 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A viper in the nest, Elizabeth’s cousin, the vivacious redhead Lettice Knollys, has reasons aplenty to oppose the queen on several counts, not least of them old-fashioned familial rivalry, and George’s novel traces their long dance of fate against the backdrop of Tudor hanky-panky and an inconven...

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A historical novel focusing with a fresh perspective on the latter part of the reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth I. releases on April 5, 2011.

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At age 10, while living in Israel, author Margaret George ran out of books to read and began writing novels to amuse herself.

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Be awed by the presence of Elizabeth Tudor, the woman behind the sovereign, as you explore the humanity of the indomitable Virgin Queen of England through the pages of Elizabeth I.

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Examiner

Elizabeth I: A Novel is an absolute must read for Elizabeth I fans, as this novel is a fitting tribute to the woman and Virgin Queen that seemed to outwit many of her enemies and always made sure she was above reproach.

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Examiner

There is a real sense of Lettice's frustration and desperate attempt at regaining power for her family, as well as Elizabeth's struggle to stave off challenges to her power from both within and without her country.

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Book Reporter

The life of Queen Elizabeth Tudor has become a popular subject for writers, as she's a heroine possessing unique strengths, undeniably important in world events.

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Dallas News

“I felt a great pang at the rate at which they were disappearing.” George focuses on those last years in Elizabeth’s reign, narrated in her own voice alternating with the narration of Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth’s cousin and the mother of the Earl of Essex, who first courts Elizabeth, and then is...

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Historical Novel Society

Certainly, the most gripping and transcendent of those stories is about Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex, Lettice’s son, beautiful and arrogant, his own worst enemy after Elizabeth, who truly loves him, gives him one opportunity after another to prove himself worthy.

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Seattle PI

Be awed by the presence of Elizabeth Tudor, the woman behind the sovereign, as you explore the humanity of the indomitable Virgin Queen of England through the pages of Elizabeth I.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Diana Gabaldon Boston Globe 3 of 5 Stars "[A]t the risk of being trite, it's an Elizabeth I to meet the needs of the baby boomer set.

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DC Spotlight Newspaper

George incorporates several of the historical popular ballads surrounding Essex, a key component of what made the historical Essex such a threat to Elizabeth’s reign.

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