I expected from an historian Weir s imaginary account of Elizabeth I s early years is a bodice ripper The problem with academics writing fiction is they lack imagination Young Elizabeth is described as a minx whose body betrays her when she falls for the debatable charms of her stepfather thus explaining why she refuses men thereafter to become the Virgin Queen Blood, mess, childbirth Elizabeth recoils from the very idea of marriage There s nothing wrong with creating an imaginary lover for Elizabeth I don t care if she was a real virgin or not, but Weir manages to diminish the extraordinary stand Elizabeth took in refusing to marry to the level of sexual frigidity She lived at a time when husbands wielded power over their wives For a Queen, serving two masters could have disasterous consequences for the realm, as was shown in Queen Mary s reign Call me Not an Historian but I figured Elizabeth refused to marry to avoid the very conflicts she witnessed with her sister For me, the fascinating thing about Elizabeth I was her resolution to trust in her own judgement for the good of her people This is remarkable Where did she find the strength to resist all demands she marry How did she come to this conclusion What forces were at work in her psychologically She not only claimed power, she wielded it masterfully Weir gives us no psychological insight into how that woman developed and flowered at a time when everything was working against her. 10 days It took me 10 days to plod my way through this 400 page book I kept coming up with reasons NOT to read this I cleaned out junk drawers, broke down cardboard boxes, sorted through my winter clothes, organized my armoire, etc And when evening rolled around my usual time for reading , I surfed the Internet, played games on my tablet, watched television, calculated my taxes, etc I did just about ANYTHING other than read this book I never seemed to be in the mood for it.To put it bluntly, I was bored to tears by this novel The author would take a couple of main topics and bury you with them.For example, parts of the relationship between Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour were WAY overdone view spoiler Kat tells the queen of Thomas inappropriate behavior the queen does nothing Kat admonishes Thomas Thomas ignores her Kat tells the queen again Thomas leaves Elizabeth alone for a while Kat rebukes Elizabeth Elizabeth ignores her Thomas starts coming to the bedroom again once again Kat tells the queen the queen doesn t believe her the queen then participates in cutting off Elizabeth s dress Kat protests loudly to her the queen does nothing Elizabeth gets caught in bed with Thomas the queen is shocked and finally sends Elizabeth away hide spoiler Here is another one I was asked to review for Library Journal.OMG, so good This is the second fiction novel from Alison Weir, the fabulous Tudor historian who wrote many biographies, including The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and The Children of Henry VIII But last year she gave us her first foray into fiction about Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for about a week between Edward VI and Mary I That one was fascinating since I knew very little about her I know quite a bit about Elizabeth I, and this was a top notch novel about her early life up to the point when she ascends the throne in her 20 s.Life was never easy for this girl, and she must have been extraordinary to be able to survive to become queen There was much against her her father had declared her a bastard, her sister despised her religious views and nearly had her killed for it But Elizabeth was known for being shrewd, wily, and able to perform the fine dance of diplomacy The most interesting part of this novel was the period of her life following her father s death when she lived with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour Katherine had been in love with Seymour when the King commanded she marry him instead When she became free, she was allowed to marry her love, and soon became pregnant for the first time at the age of 36 This may not seem such a great thing in this day and age, but in the 1500 s, that was a very late age for a woman to be pregnant it was a great health risk to both mother and child.Thomas Seymour was a rake Heh You see them gracing the covers of romance novels, but you never think of them actually existing in history Seymour was a man of ambition and would seemingly stop at nothing to gain the most power and wealth he could Before he married Katherine Parr, he tried to woo both Mary and Elizabeth When the Privy Council would have none of it, he wooed Katherine and got her to marry him in secret without the permission of the Council or the King Rather a no no at the time Even though he was married to Katherine, he was still drawn to Elizabeth and since she was living in his household, he blatantly sought her out He came to her bedroom before she was up to tickle her He tried to catch her undressed Elizabeth was 14 years old at the time If it happened today Chris Hansen from To Catch a Predator would have been asking him to take a seat As it was, it was seen as highly inappropriate, and Elizabeth was finally sent away from the house Many people have speculated about just how far the relationship progressed between Elizabeth and Thomas Some say she was innocent, some say she led him on And there are some who say nothing happened, and some who claim Elizabeth had a child from the episode I love the way Weir treats this but I won t go into what she says happens.Alison Weir is the perfect person to write historical fiction She knows her material inside and out, and on top of it has an ear for dialogue pacing, and an eye for detail Well done, and I look forward to reading of her fiction in the future. This absorbing novel, which takes Elizabeth from early childhood to the day she becomes queen, explores the reasons this ruler chose to remain The Virgin Queen Weir constructs her story around basic historical facts I feel so much educated on who Elizabeth was and what made her into the Queen she became Full review you can find on my blog Alison Weir is very easy to read She is in her element writing this kind of historical fiction, because she has written so many biographies on the Tudors, including the Wives of Henry VIII which I loved I also really enjoyed Innocent Traitor Unlike Philippa Gregory, Weir s writing is based on actual facts Do not get me wrong, I loved Gregory s The Other Boleyn Girl, but it had very little based on fact, it was made into an entirely different drama My only issue with this is that I have read so many biographies and fictional stories about Elizabeth, that it often repeated the same things but if you mean to stay true to what is known of Elizabeth, you cannot change it too drastically Weir does add some dramatic elements, which she explains in the end one major item in the story is completely fictional This is a great fictional story that uses a lot of fact, and is a nice intro for anyone introducing themselves to the early life of Elizabeth with a story rather than a biography. To me, Elizabeth I is the most interesting of all the English monarchs This novel is about the young Elizabeth, which may be a remarkable story than that of her as Queen Elizabeth She is very lucky to have survived, let alone become Queen.Her mother was executed as a traitor, she was proclaimed illegitimate, her father was the seemingly mad my word Henry VIII, and she had many other detractors as well, not the least being her two siblings, Edward and Mary But she survived her tribulations and became Queen I don t claim to be an expert on anything, certainly not royal history I realize this is fiction, but Alison Weir is known for her ability to be factual and through with her research when she writes, and she is a very good writer. Following The Tremendous Success Of Her First Novel, Innocent Traitor, Which Recounted The Riveting Tale Of The Doomed Lady Jane Grey, 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 Even At Age Two, Elizabeth Is Keenly Aware That People In The Court Of Her Father, King Henry VIII, Have Stopped Referring To Her As Lady Princess And Now Call Her The Lady Elizabeth Before She Is Three, She 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 The story telling was 4 stars, the fictional liberties were 1 1 2 stars Yes, I know it s a fictional book, but I expect from a historian than a bunch of cliches In Weir s author notes, she says she enjoyed running with this story, but stated she stayed true to the facts I did not like the portrayal of Kat Elizabeth s governess She was immature, annoying and I simply wanted to slap her The problem with knowing Tudor history is hating to see the mythsAnne Boleyn and the 6th finger, Jane Grey having abusive parents etc Elizabeth was a naive child, who fell in love with Thomas Seymour She gave him her virginity willingly, got pregnant, lost the babythen ruled men away forever Why can t a woman simply not want to get married She didn t want to share her power Why must something bad happen for her to feel that way I m an Elizabeth fan I believe she was a shrewd woman, not just a woman lead by a strong council This was an audiobook and because of that I finished it Had it been an actual book, I would have dumped it when Kat wanted Elizabeth to marry Thomas and make beautiful babies. I ve read a couple of Weir s books, fiction and history and so far I ve been very impressed I sometimes really struggle with the story of Elizabeth, she is a woman I greatly admire but her life sometimes lacks the excitement her parents had I keep trying to figure this out and I think the conclusion is that I don t like the men in her life Thomas Seymour and Robert Dudley are the times when she appears weakest and they are not worthy men in my opinion I know they are important parts of her life but the fact that I dislike them both although you didn t see much of Dudley in this book sometimes makes it hard to engage in Elizabeth s story when they are about Weir admits that although she tries to stick closely to the facts, as it s fiction she does fantasise about some of the rumors concerning Elizabeth, mainly the one where she becomes pregnant with Seymour s child Personally I belive she died a virgin but like Weir I have no problem with historical fiction adding fictional elements to the story I didn t have a problem with the ghost of Anne Boleyn popping up from time to time either.It was nice to read a story about her that focused solely on her young life before she became Queen I like how her relationship with Mary changes throughout the years I still think Mary wouldn t have been so awful if she s been allowed to marry and have a family when she was younger As cruel as she was towards the end, I can t help but feel sorry for her No wonder she was jealous of Elizabeth This is book that keeps you reading and would be a must read for all Tudor fans. Obzirom da su povijesni romani moj omiljeni anrpa onda jo Tudori to nije Elizabeta I pa jo i to da sam ovu knjigu dugo, dugo eljela itati nisam ba objektivna u ovom osvrtu Meni je ovo sve super Pri a prati onaj rani dio ivota Elizabete Tudor, od njezine 3 god pa do trenutka kada postaje kraljica Likovi, doga aj temelje se na povijesnim injenicama, za injeno, naravno sa dozom fikcije I sve skupa je meni odli no Za ljubitelje anra obvezatno tivo.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training
- 483 pages
- The Lady Elizabeth
- Alison Weir
- 17 June 2017 Alison Weir