The Week in Books 2008, No. 41

Many thanks to Heather L. who inspired me to read The Lady Elizabeth
by Alison Weir. I’ve enjoyed other books Weir has written, both non-fiction and fiction, and “The Lady Elizabeth” was no exception. I thought the book was well done, excellently researched, and really a worthwhile read if you’re interested in Tudor England. The book covers the life of Queen Elizabeth I up to the point of her ascension to the throne, which gave Weir an excellent window for analyzing aspects of Elizabeth’s character and how she developed into the adult she became. Although Weir is generally a lot less bawdy than other writers that specialize in the time period (like Philippa Gregory for example), one plot choice she made did surprise me, mostly because it was about a rumor that probably wasn’t true (Weir does explain her choice in the afterword, which I appreciated). Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it.

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