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The Lady Elizabeth - Alison Weir
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The Lady Elizabeth - Alison Weir
Disadvantages: too long
I have recently finished reading The Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir and thought it was extremely hence the reason why I sought out to get The Lady Elizabeth. Sadly I feel that I am a little disappointed with it.
I've always been interested in the tudors so naturally Elizabeth I has always been a keen figure to read up on. This book features her life from that of her Mothers (Anne Boleyn) execution, to the death of her elder step sister Mary and onto her becoming Queen of England.
The book initially starts in 1536, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded. At the time Elizabeth was only 3 years old and has suddenly been renounced as a bastard overnight. Anne Weir already hints at how intelligent and able she is to pick up on things when Sir John Shelton calls her The Lady Elizabeth, rather than The Lady Princess which he had said only the day before. It's clear to her that something is not right. There aren't many fictional books out there where you get the chance to imagine what her reactions might of been, or as to how the news of her Mothers' death affected her, but this I believe sets her aside as being just a little girl. Albeit a clever one.
At first I admit that I liked the way Elizabeth was portrayed as a young girl but then later on, as she was becoming a teenager, the way she 'acts' makes me think otherwise. It wasn't until a lot later on in this book that I picked up on the possible grudge being held against her by Mary. At the beginning it's all 'sweeting' and 'dearest sister'and there's nothing there which suggests that Mary feels a coldness towards her as it was Elizabeths Mother who pushed Katherine out of the way and reduced her to becoming a bastard.
About half way through the book the princess Mary, soon to be known as Bloody Mary due to the burning and killing of protestants, becomes Queen. I do feel a bit sorry for her despite everything as it is noted early on that all she wants was a husband and children. Due to the fact that Elizabeth is so young and more or less everything she is not we see a jealous streak in the monarch as she basically imprisons her in the tower and at Woodstock. With the possiblilty of death hanging around you can feel a sense of sympathy towards her.
Throughout this, you see the blooming relationship between Kat, Elizabeths governess, and Elizabeth herself. The fact that Elizabeth was indeed close to her last step mother puts a new show on the fact that we also read about a jealous streak in Kat as well. Indeed a lot of this book seems to show jealousy between a lot of the people surrounding Elizabeths life.
Alison Weir also delves into the rumours about Thomas Seymour and the supposed Virgin Queen. Whether or not the affair really happened I suppose we will never truely know, but it was just interesting that it was featured.
Weir goes into great detail when describing the gowns and jewellery that Elizabeth loved to wear and I can just imagine the clothes by words alone. She also is constantly writing it seems, about her love of candied fruits. Yes, I think most people know that Elizabeth had a sweet tooth. It just didn't need to be mentioned that much.
The main problem I had with this, is that maybe it is just a little bit too long for me. At 487 pages it's a bit hefty and yes there is a lot of information that has to go into it, but I felt that the point could of been made using a lot less words!
You can get this for about £9 from Amazon at the moment, which is pretty good value for what you're getting. To me, it's more about the facts which are pressed upon you, rather than getting it a fictional style way.
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