The Lady Elizabeth

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Author(s): Alison Weir
Series: Elizabeth I
Imprint: Clipper Audio
Original Publish Date: May 13, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (20.30 hours)
Product Number: Z100024689
Released: May 13, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415954140
Narrator/s: Rosalyn Landor
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Description

Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as "Lady Princess" and now call her "the Lady Elizabeth." Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her. What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier she is imprisoned in the Tower of London-and fears she will also meet her mother's grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, "Bloody" Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeth's resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen. Alison Weir uses her deft talents as historian and novelist to exquisitely and suspensefully play out the conflicts between family, politics, religion, and conscience that came to define an age. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time-an orphaned girl haunted by the shadow of the axe, an independent spirit who must use her cunning and wits for her very survival, and a future queen whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness.

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Author(s): Alison Weir
Series:
Product Number EB00151488
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: #9780345512925

Professional reviews

"Rosalyn Landor's brisk narration zooms in on Elizabeth I's life from age 3 to her early twenties, when she comes to rule. Landor demonstrates the many fine details of Weir's research and highlights relationships and characters with well-interpreted voices. We warm with Elizabeth when her father, Henry VIII, praises his "chip off the old block" and then shrink when he roars with displeasure. Landor highlights the tenderness and constancy of Elizabeth's governess, Kat Ashley; the tenacious pursuit of her stepfather, Thomas Seymour; the bitterness and jealousy of her sister, Queen Mary. Together the portraits give listeners an understanding of a precociously wise young woman caught in precarious situations. An author's afterword describes how differently Weir approaches novels and nonfiction writing. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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