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"A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"An excellent account of the greatest of England's remarkably great queens."
--Daily Telegraph (London)
"Weir succeeds in making Elizabeth and her subjects come to life in this clearly written and well-researched biography."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"An extraordinary piece of historical scholarship."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
From the Inside Flap
Perhaps 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.
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