Elizabeth I: The Novel

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Penguin, Apr 5, 2011 - Fiction - 688 pages
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The New York Times bestseller from Margaret George—a captivating novel about history's most enthralling queen, the legendary Elizabeth I.

England’s greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was the Virgin Queen really like? Lettice Knollys—Elizabeth's flame-haired, look-alike coussin—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, 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. 

Filled with intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan age great—Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—Elizabeth I provides an unforgettable glimpse of a woman who considered herself married to her people. A queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head.

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George's (The Autobiography of Henry VIII; www.margaretgeorge.com) latest novel, rife with colorful period detail and real-life historical figures, portrays the waning years of Elizabeth I's reign ... Read full review


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Overly busy novel of life inside the Virgin Queen's court—and mind.Anyone who's read history or seen Shekhar Kapur's 1998 bloodfest Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett in the title role, knows that the ... Read full review


Also by Margaret George Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Chapter 5
Chapter 14
Chapter 17
Chapter 65
Chapter 71
Chapter 73

Chapter 23
Chapter 27
Chapter 31
ELIZABETH Chapter 34
Chapter 78
Chapter 80
Chapter 91
Afterword Special Excerpt from The Confessions of Young Nero About the Author

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Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young NeroElizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles; and The Autobiography of Henry VIII. She also has coauthored a children’s book, Lucille Lost.

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