Yes, today I was supposed to have my review of Elizabeth I by Margaret George up as part of her blog tour but I got hit with a wicked migraine a couple of days ago and it has laid me flat out with not only the headache but nausea as well. I am about halfway through the book and had I had the last few days to read I’d have my review up. As it stands I will not post a review of a novel that I haven’t completely finished but have no fear, it is coming. I apologize many times over to both Margaret George and Pump Up Your Book.
So far though, I have to say I’m loving the book. Margaret George has a way of writing historical fiction that pulls you completely into the world she is writing about. I’ve not had a chance before to read a great deal about Elizabeth I so I’m really enjoying the novel. A lot is familiar from having read about her in other books but Margaret George’s portrayal of Elizabeth I is fantastic! Having read a few of her other books – The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Mary, Called Magdalene – and loving them, I am very happy to say that she is impressing me once again! Since I can’t get my review up today I thought I’d at least post a book spotlight.
About the Book (from Margaret George’s website)
New York Times best-selling 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, look-alike 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 has 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. Their rivalry, and its ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works. Intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan age great—Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—fill these pages, giving us an unforgettable glimpse of a queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head, and considered herself married to her people.
This magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner is George’s finest and one that is sure to delight readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
About the Author (from Penguin.ca)
Margaret George, a tenth-generation American, is the author of the bestselling Mary, Called Magdalene, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, and The Memoirs of Cleopatra. She travels to places such as Egypt, Israel, Rome, and England to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
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