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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,743 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739368510
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Following the tremendous success of her ?rst 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 England’s 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, ?eeting 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 mother’s 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 Elizabeth’s 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 2/18/2014

    " Another fictional tale of Queen Elizabeth, or at least, the early years. 5 years old until she becomes queen after the death of her sister - Mary. Catholic vs. Protestant. You know the drill. Written like a soap opera, so kept it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Clark-Johnston | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this novel as it had quite alot of information about the early life and experience of Elizabeth I. I do not necessarily agree with Weir's view of history-she tends to take a very traditional view and I prefer authors that can view previous knowledge in a new and interesting way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed Alison Weir's "Innocent Traitor" so much more. Still interesting to read, always amazed at how much the royals' lives are/were dictated by councils and hearsay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Hall | 2/6/2014

    " Good novel. Was very much a popcorn for the brain type read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 2/3/2014

    " amazing book! you really get a feel for elizabeth the I's childhood! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tali | 1/22/2014

    " A wonderful read! Very entertaining and a great history lesson. One of my favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amandalynn | 1/12/2014

    " i listened to this on disc and loved it...there were some parts that were different than other parts that i have watched/read about elizabeth that make me wonder what is truth and fiction but really well done. there were a couple of scenes that might get a little more than they needed to be but it was easy enough to walk out of the room and miss them. i liked the narrator also. i finished it in between thanksgiving and christmas and now cant remember what i wanted to say in my review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/12/2014

    " I did not think this book was as well-written as Philippa Gregory's historic novels. Interesting, but sometimes overly melodramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Catinari | 1/10/2014

    " An engaging and interesting tale of Queen Eliabeth's early days. I had this one on CD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Van De Graaff | 1/9/2014

    " Alison Weir does a fantastick job as a historical writer. I was so enthralled with the history from reading this book, that I had to research on line to quelch my thirst. I will definitely read another of her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stewart W | 12/13/2013

    " Another excellent portrayal of Tudor History excellent read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 11/30/2013

    " Really great story, very well written. It followed the life of Queen Elizabeth in her childhood and how she came to be queen. I can't wait to read Alison Weir's other book now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/12/2013

    " It was fun to feel a part of Elizabeth's life from her perspective... but she will always be the Virgin Queen to me. The miscarriage bit was a bit uncomfortable and ridiculous. I'd like to see a sequel of her life during her reign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mina | 10/28/2013

    " It was good, but I liked Innocent Traitor much better. I really like Alison Weir's novels and I hope she writes more. There are so many mediocre historical fiction novels out there, but Alison Weir's books are very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Bell | 10/22/2013

    " One of her better fiction books, but her strength lies in non-fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 6/12/2013

    " This book filled me in on Elizabeth's life before she became queen. I enjoyed it. Why does this era fascinate us so much? It was so unsettling for so many people! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 11/24/2012

    " Easy read, quick story. I have read some better books on Elizabeth, but this was still fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duffy | 7/14/2012

    " slow to start but once you get past the first couple chapters it picks up and pulls one in. Style of writing is definitely different from P Gregory; more historical and less fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Echo | 4/6/2012

    " I really liked this book, of course, because it is about Tudor history which I love. It started out a little slow and dry compared to some others I've read but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana Glover | 12/8/2011

    " A great book at Elizabeth's youth and formative years before being crowned Queen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Domin | 11/13/2011

    " Much better than Innocent Traitor imo. Elizabeth is more complex and believable than Jane (though I admit I'm biased). The artistic-license bits worked in terms of character development; if you want 100% facts, don't read fiction. The ending was wonderful. I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Soma | 10/10/2011

    " An interesting read for Tudor fans. In stark contrast from The Lady in the Tower, which was pure historical research, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 6/30/2011

    " I loved the fresh take on history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melyssa | 6/16/2011

    " An interesting portrait of Elizabeth before she came to be Queen. Like Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir takes a little bit of what actually happened, and weaves a story around it of the courtesans, intrigues and family politics that surround the throne of England. Really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 6/14/2011

    " A very interesting tale of Elizabeth before she became the Queen of England. Starting from the time she would be able to remember (about age 3) to the day she is given the coronation ring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satishkumar | 6/13/2011

    " radical in the way to say abt HM's past life fictions have no fence good to read if you have interest in colonial greats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/6/2011

    " from the point of view of someone with no interest in history... this book made me want to learn more!! i really enjoyed it and struggled to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kikuko | 5/31/2011

    " Better than most novels about Elizabeth that try to be for the most part historically accurate. I was actually quite pleased with the fact that it managed to keep itself together while not being a really dry, overly-formal read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice | 5/16/2011

    " This booked sucked me in and would not let me go. Very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 5/14/2011

    " Aside from an unnecessary detour into the rumors that Elizabeth was pregnant and miscarried, this is an enjoyable novel about Anne Boleyn's only daughter and her precarious rise to the throne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calley | 5/10/2011

    " Good book and well written but I recommend Inocent Traitor over this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 4/22/2011

    " A real quiz between three & two stars. I gave it three because at least Weir acknowledges what the horrid Philippa Gregory does not: HUGE liberties were taken here. "

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About the Author
Author Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth and several historical biographies, including Mistress of the Monarchy and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.