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The Lady Elizabethby Alison Weir
Synopses & Reviews
Following the tremendous success of her ﬁrst novel, Innocent Traitor, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become Englands most intriguing and powerful queen.
Before she is three, Elizabeth learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her all her life. What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, ﬂeeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier, she is imprisoned in the Tower of London-and fears she will also meet her mothers grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, “Bloody” Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeths resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen.
Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time-whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.
"Rosalyn Landor distinguishes the female characters nicely, handles the British and Welsh accents well and has a charming narrator's voice. She's less successful voicing the children, who sound like squeaky toys, and her Henry VIII makes one think of Papa Bear. While the book is often tediously detailed, and the children's psychological sophistication and vocabulary are beyond belief, Weir knows her landscape and how to tell a good yarn: she has written 10 histories of this period, and one bestselling novel, Innocent Traitor, about Lady Jane Grey. Landor's narration carries the fascinating plot twists and dynamic characters. Weir fans, historical novel and Elizabethan era buffs — and teenage girls — will enjoy this audio. A Ballantine hardcover (reviewed online). (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Following the success of her first novel, "Innocent Traitor"--a "New York Times" bestseller--Weir draws on her skills as a respected and popular historian to tell the story of the most fascinating Tudor heroine of them all: Elizabeth I. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
About the Author
Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Innocent Traitor and several historical biographies, including Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and two children.
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