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I, Elizabethby Rosalind Miles
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Publicly declared a bastard at the age of three, daughter of a disgraced and executed mother, last in the line of succession to the throne of England, Elizabeth I inherited an England ravaged by bloody religious conflict, at war with Spain and France, and badly in debt. When she died in 1603, after a forty-five- year reign, her empire spanned two continents and was united under one church, victorious in war, and blessed with an overflowing treasury. What?s more, her favorites — William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh — had made the Elizabethan era a cultural Golden Age still remembered today.
But for Elizabeth the woman, tragedy went hand in hand with triumph. Politics and scandal forced the passionate queen to reject her true love, Robert Dudley, and to execute his stepson, her much-adored Lord Essex. Now in this spellbinding novel, Rosalind Miles brings to life the woman behind the myth. By turns imperious, brilliant, calculating, vain, and witty, this is the Elizabeth the world never knew. From the days of her brutal father, Henry VIII, to her final dying moments, Elizabeth tells her story in her own words.
"As an entertaining look at Reformation England, this novel succeeds, but it fails at the more immediate task of creating memorable fictional characters from the leavings of history." Publishers Weekly
"Miles weaves Elizabeth's passions throughout, as various courtiers attempt to marry her off, and the men she loves betray her, prove inadequate, or must be sacrificed for the political good....Despite its length, this convincing novel never falters." Booklist
"Forthright, salty, sensual, regal, and occasionally foolish, this is as real as a character created by words can be." Library Journal
"An impressively researched fictional portrait of England's great queen as emotionally high-strung, thirsty for love, and a martyr to her role." Kirkus Reviews
In this breathtakingly imagined fictional memoir of England's "Virgin Queen, " the author of the bestselling Guenevere trilogy uses her skills as a storyteller and a scholar to bring to life the woman behind the myth.
About the Author
Rosalind Miles, Ph.D., is a well-known and critically acclaimed English novelist, essayist, and broadcaster. Her novels, which include the Guenevere trilogy and the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, have been international bestsellers. You can visit her at www.rosalind.net.
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