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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret George Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781101484661
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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, 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. 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 listener of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth’s character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height Elizabethan age’s flowering. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—all of them swirl through this novel as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.

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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmhanley | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting, but a bit too much detail...it was boring at times. Overall, an interesting view of the complicated person that was Elizabeth I "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/31/2014

    " Margaret George explored the latter years of Elizabeth I's reign, which is actually pretty interesting territory. She devotes a great deal of the book to the relationship between Elizabeth and Robert Devereux, which may be accurate, I don't know enough Tudor history to know, but it actually makes for rather a dull book. He was bad, she forgave him--repeated in endless cycles. Until she can't, and he is executed. Then she dies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Rebecca | 1/29/2014

    " i didn't finish it and thats why i gave it 1 star. i got half way and it was too boring. i was really disappointed because i really liked mary of magadelene by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/9/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Elizabeth I is my all-time favorite historical character. I learned a great deal more about her life, understanding that it is fiction. George proved herself worthy of this monumental task and writes beautifully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cwelshhans | 1/8/2014

    " It was good, and it focused on a time period (post-Armada) that isn't usually covered in historical fiction about Elizabeth. But there is much faster-paced historical fiction about her out there that I've enjoyed more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tema Merback | 1/1/2014

    " Nothing makes me happier then the news of Margaret George coming out with a new novel. Give me a big fat historical novel and I am in bliss. She is the master of historical novel. From The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra (a favorite of mine), Helen of Troy, etc. she delivers the goods. Filled with atmosphere, food, love, desire and insight. I can never get enough of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Jane Bigelow | 12/28/2013

    " Excellent stuff, especially if you like this period in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 12/11/2013

    " long, so very, very long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annika Cleeve | 10/20/2013

    " God this thing drags on. Goes off on tangents. Just die already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caden | 6/2/2013

    " Good dialogue, character development and historicity. I just didn't like that it only dealt with the latter half of Elizabeth's reign. This book should really be Part 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Patrick | 4/28/2013

    " Although this is speculative historical fiction based on a person for whom there is not much actual information, it conveyed the story of Queen Elizabeth's later years fairly well. However, it was a 670-page investment and may have been a better book had it been shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 12/10/2012

    " Great big book, well-researched, great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Mckendry | 8/2/2012

    " Margaret George really brings Elizabeth I to life in this masterpiece. It is a fascinating in depth look into the last 14 years of Elizabeth's reign. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 4/9/2012

    " I love Margaret George's novels. She has the ability to bring history to life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine McIntyre | 1/14/2012

    " I liked this book... but it felt like it took forever to finish it. It is about the last years of her reign... and so it focused on her "age" a lot which was kind of depressing! But overall a good book.. I gave it 5 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/6/2011

    " I liked how this book covered the last part of her reign. Most stop where this one began. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viola3323 | 12/2/2011

    " Not as good as Helen or Mary Magdalene but it kept my interest through out and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/26/2011

    " Too many details got in the way of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 9/23/2011

    " Decent read, well paced, strong characterizations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindat16 | 5/4/2011

    " Covers the last 20 years of her life and the narrative is split between Elizabeth I and Lettice Knollys, each speaking in the first person. It was good, but not as good as her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen (RevJen) | 5/2/2011

    " Again, another case where we need half stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diann | 5/1/2011

    " Another wonderful book by Margaret George. I hated for it to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nisha | 4/30/2011

    " Not bad, although I think the author glosses over the more idiosyncratic aspects of the queen's character ad it is known through the historical record. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/28/2011

    " Wonderful book! This was my first by Margaret George and I am looking forward to reading more from her. I know some people would be overwhelmed by a book this size (688pgs) but I actually enjoy these because you can really become invested in the story and the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 4/24/2011

    " Unlike most biographies of Elizabeth I, this one focuses on the latter half of her reign. I learned a good bit and enjoyed the character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DonnaR | 4/23/2011

    " Excellent, excellent HF about the last 15 years of the reign of Elizabeth I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Jane | 4/23/2011

    " Excellent stuff, especially if you like this period in history. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret George

Margaret George specializes in epic fictional biographies of historical figures, taking pains to make them as factually accurate as possible without compromising the drama. Her bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII continues to be popular, and The Memoirs of Cleopatra is the basis for the Emmy-nominated Cleopatra miniseries from ABC. All of her books have been bestsellers, with twenty-one foreign translations.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.