The Life of Elizabeth I By Alison Weir am Ebook Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Alison Weir born is a British writ
The Life of Elizabeth I By Alison Weir am Ebook Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir born 1951 is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPerhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one not even her closest, most trusted advisers Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocatiNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERPerhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one not even her closest, most trusted advisers Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure.Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons She never married was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait, The Life of Elizabeth I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.. Popular Books The Life of Elizabeth I Quick question: Who is your favorite English queen?I'm torn between Victoria and Elizabeth I. Both women are fascinating, they lived during interesting periods of history, and they had relatively long reigns. Previously I'd read a huge biography on Victoria (A. N. Wilson's Victoria: A Life), and I thought Miss Elizabeth deserved the same consideration, so I picked up this 500-page tome from Alison Weir.My aim has always been to write a history of Elizabeth's personal life within the framework of her reign, drawing on her own extensive literary remains, as well as those of her contemporaries. The manuscript was originally entitled The Private Life of Elizabeth I, but it very soon became apparent that Elizabeth's "private" life was a very public one indeed, hence the change of title. Nor is it possible to write a personal history of her without encompassing the political and social events that made up the fabric of her life. What I have tried to do, therefore, is weave into the narrative enough about them to make sense of the story, and emphasise Elizabeth's reaction to them, showing how she influenced the history of her time. — from the Author's PrefaceThis was the first biography of Queen Elizabeth I've read, and it was a lucky choice because it was highly readable and contained fascinating stories from her life in the sixteenth century. One of the topics that interested me most was the discussion on why the "Virgin Queen" chose to never marry. The author mentions various theories, but the one that seems most reasonable is based on Elizabeth's fears, both of giving up control to a husband and of the dangers of childbirth. Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn, had been beheaded when the poor child was not yet 3, and Elizabeth knew it was at the behest of her father, King Henry VIII. Additionally, it was not uncommon that a woman would die in childbirth back then — I think the statistic at the time was something like 1 in 40 women died in such a way — and Elizabeth didn't want to risk it. Of course, avoiding marriage didn't mean the queen avoided romance and courtship, both of which she seemed to enjoy.This was also my first Alison Weir book, and I hadn't realized how prolific the author was until I looked up her profile on Goodreads. Wow, I could do nothing for the rest of the year but read her books, and I doubt I would ever get bored or run out of titles. I listened to The Life of Elizabeth I on audio, and it was an enjoyable experience, even if the length of the book did feel a bit overwhelming at times. Highly recommended for those interested in reading more about this great Tudor monarch.Admirable QuotesLike most educated gentlewomen of her day, Elizabeth was encouraged to become the equal of men in learning and to outdo 'the vaunted paragons of Greece and Rome'. The curriculum devised for her was punishing by today's standards, but she thrived on intellectual exercises and had a particular gift for languages, which she enjoyed showing off. As queen, she read and conversed fluently in Latin, French, Greek, Spanish, Italian and Welsh ... Her interest in philosophy and history was enduring, and throughout her life she would try to set aside three hours each day to read historical books.Lord Burghley had said of her, 'She was the wisest woman that ever was, for she understood the interests and dispositions of all the princes in her time, and was so perfect in the knowledge of her own realm, that no councillor she had could tell her anything she did not know before.'Meaningful PassageFor forty-five years, 'though beset by divers[e] nations', Elizabeth had given her country peace and stable government — her greatest gift to her people. During that time, England had risen from an impoverished nation to become one of the greatest powers in Europe. Bolstered by the fame of her seamen, her navy was respected and feared on the high seas, and not for nothing had Elizabeth been lauded as 'the Queen of the Sea, the North Star'. The Queen had also brought unity to her people by effecting a religious compromise that has lasted until this day, and making herself an enduring focus for their loyalty. She had enjoyed a unique relationship with her subjects, which was never seen before and has never been seen since. Few queens have ever been so loved. Under her rule, her people grew ever more confident in the belief that they were a chosen nation, protected by Divine Providence, and this confidence gave rise, in the years after the Armada, to the flowering of the English Renaissance.
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