Monday, September 23, 2013

Elizabeth: Virgin Queen by Philippa Jones

Title: Elizabeth: Virgin Queen
Author: Philippa Jones
Publish Date: 12/30/2011
ISBN:  9781847735157
List Price: $1.99
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Jacket Synopsis:
“Gloriana,” “Faerie Queen,” “Queen Bess” are just some of the names given to Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. But the name for which she is perhaps most remembered, and which best explains why Elizabeth was the last of the Tudor monarchs, was the “Virgin Queen.”

But how appropriate is that image? Were Elizabeth’s suitors and favorites really just innocent intrigues? Or were they much more than that?

And, are the rumors of Elizabeth’s illegitimate children true?

My Comments:

I love the historical genre. As a fan of Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy, I picked this book up at a real bargain and thought it would be a nice read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fast read but very thought provoking. I thought it was a well researched account of Queen Elizabeth's life, her consorts, her favorites, and a great analysis of the hypothetical notion that she had an illegitimate child or children.

I think that author's writing flows logically and smooth writing style. As I read, I could envision Elizabeth in her Privy room with her consorts and courtiers, feel her trials and tribulations, as well as, her struggle to be the Master of her Rule, but desiring and seek the friendship, love, and compassion that every person wants. This was a great addition in knowledge and insight to my experiences with the Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy books. Happy Reading!

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