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Monday Mini ~ Elizabeth I by Margaret George

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

I have been very remiss in capping off the wonderful reading event that was #TudorFest2013. I had a great time reading some wonderful Tudor fiction and non-fiction in audio over the last three months of 2013. What made it even better was having Michele from Reader’s Respite along for the ride. My final listen was mammoth.

The Irish sure gave Elizabeth I a good deal of trouble. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here are my thoughts on Elizabeth I by Margaret George.

Elizabeth I by Margaret GeorgeCover of Elizabeth I
Viking ~ April 5, 2011 ~ 688 pages
Penguin Audio ~ Kate Reading ~ 31 hours 7 minutes

When we chose this book for #TudorFest2013 I hoped that Margaret George could make me love or at least enjoy Elizabeth in fiction. If she didn’t I was pretty sure no one else could. That Kate Reading was narrating the audiobook was another mark in favor of this selection. I set off with guarded hope.

I really enjoyed Elizabeth I. I connected to her much more readily as an aging queen than as some combination of a virgin/strumpet. When you marry your country in order to bring peace to your kingdom, the make up of one’s love life takes on new complications. I enjoyed the way George explored Elizabeth’s aging process and the way she navigated the waters of courtly love and ambition in her court. It was also interesting to the story of the explorers she sent to the New World given that my youngest daughter was studying Sir Walter Raleigh at the time. Kate Reading was excellent as narrator. The way she gave voice to Elizabeth and her tone and pacing worked so well with George’s writing. While this book did not have the “I can’t stop reading this!” quality of The Autobiography of Henry VIII, it was far and above the best novel about Elizabeth I I’ve read to date.

1 Comment

  • At 2014.03.17 06:48, Sandy said:

    Ordinarily I’m not a huge fan of reading about these guys, but I absolutely loved Catherine the Great, so I think it is more about how entertaining the writing is. A good author brings these people to life, and more often than not, there is plenty of action to talk about. I love Kate Reading’s narrations!

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