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 Tudor.

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, 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. 

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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User Review  - AnnieMod - LibraryThing

The last 15 years of the life of Elizabeth. The Armada, Essex and the death of all her advisers and friends (including Leicester). And Lettice of course - the woman that got what Elizabeth could not ... Read full review

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The year is 1588 and the Armada has left Spain for England. Queen Elizabeth is 55 years old. Elizabeth I by Margaret George tells the story of the later years of Gloriana's reign and features ... 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 six novels of biographical historical fiction, including Elizabeth IHelen of TroyMary, Called MagdaleneThe 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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