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As been published This author may do to Leicester what Antonia Fraser did for the revision of Marie Antoinette in istory By the books end and after a very thorough analysis of the relationship and a respectful debate about the various perceptions of Leicester you really ave to revise your opinion of the man and of the virgin ueen I ad recently seen the brilliant new film with the goddess Cate Blanchett and found the book an excellent companion piece to the film or vice versa In my youth god I can SAY that Cheri Red howorrible I was an English Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page history major At UC Berkeley I actually toyed with the idea of getting a PhD applied was accepted and was informed in my acceptance letter that there were no jobs and if I wanted to pursue academia go forth but be prepared to fl I ve been reading this book for a long time It was a pretty fast read until itit the middle and then I lost my place in the book and then this week I started reading from I place I vaguely remember Not to say this was bad or anything just that the subject was not one of my favorites Elizabeth s reign is not one I m specially interested so I don t really read much about this time period or Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, her but this book gave me a good general view of what wasappening in England s politics I mostly picked it up because I was curious about Elizabeth and Robert Dudley s relationship Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition how it was knowing she was a ueen and wouldn t marry just anyone but allowing this man to be that close maybe for love or companionship Sarah Gristeood is a good writer very sympathetic I don tave much interest in any of the Royals love affairs to begin with but I thought I could get some background on the politics of the time while waiting for the newest Shardlake to come out To Aladdin her credit the author does spend considerable time and effort in explainingow Elizabeth played Daddy Must Die her marriageability in the game of power politics which is fairly interesting But about 23 through I just got tired of it Besides the author follows the convention of sometimes referring to Nobles by their given name sometimes by their family name sometimes by theironorific I get tired of keeping who s who s straight Besides I think a apt subtitle would be Speculations about the Virgin ueen since she speculates a good deal in a chatty conversationalist style I do not much enjoy Not a bad book just not interesting enough to me 35 stars Very dense but what wonderful detail and insight Great research that shines a bit of a different light on E and. Asions Yet much of the fascination in their relationship comes from what is not on display the sudden death some said murder of Leicester’s wife which damaged is reputation irretrievably; and Elizabeth’s persistent refusal for ever afterwards to marry anybody at allNot a conventional biography Elizabeth Leicester is rather an intimate portrait of an affair between two people at a crucial moment in isto.
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First I would like to say that I found everything in this book very fascinatingEven though most of the info was political in nature and not so much personalI still was captivated from page oneI found MsGristwood s theories intriguing and the writing and research seemed very well doneBut I was O Cérebro de Broca hoping for a intimate portrayal of their relationship and I just didn t feel this was the book I was looking forVery enjoyable read otherwise and if youappen to like reading about ueen Elizabeth s reignthe politics of the times or those closest to er this one is for you I always love books about the Tudor monarchy I really enjoyed this book A lot of books on this subject tend to get repetitive it s exciting to find a book from a different perspective This book examines in detail the relationship between the Virgin ueen and er long term confidante Robert Dudley The subject of Elizabeth and Robert is one that creates a lot of discussion and very divided opinions Most Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales historiansave different ideas about who controlled the relationship Was the ueen in complete control and Dudley A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, her pawn Or was Robert the power behind the throne whoad the most powerful woman in the country under ROMANTIC TAKEOVER his power Then there are the most famous uestions Who killed Robert Dudley s first wife Amy Was it an accident suicide or murder If it was murder who did it and what was the reason Was it for love or for political reasons The big uestionas always been did they or didn t they Was Elizabeth a true Virgin ueen or was Robert er secret lover Anyone who as read about Elizabeth s monarchy knows the uestions and probably Keeper of the Light has their own opinions I know I do Unfortunately it is really difficult to get the facts without an author s opinion clouding the isssue Some writers only give the facts as they want to see them or even exclude ideas documentation and contemperary accounts that don t agree with their preconcieved ideas All of that to say Sarah Gristwood doesn t forceer opinion on the readers instead she gives every side to each controversial issue She provides detailed sources and provides some documentation that I Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, had never seen before I likedow she would show some ideas as unlikely but she never says anything is completely impossible She simply examines all sides of an issue I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves Tudor or European The Homing history It would probably beard for someone who doesn t know a little about the period to understand parts of this book because it assumes. A gripping account of one of The Women of Easter history’s most fascinating of alliances–the love affair between ueen Elizabeth I ander political advisor and confidant Robert Dudley Earl of LeicesterNo one knows uite when and where their relationship began though Leicester once said Why Are You So Scared? he’d known Elizabeth since she was eight years old They shared an important commonality of experience both with a parent dead on theeadsm.
A basic knowledge of Tudor The Power of One history It could also possibly be difficult for anyone who isn t interested in the period Iope you enjoy this book as much as I did Happy Reading This book gave a deeper look into the lives of the ueen and The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, her favorite the Earl of Leicester The politics of the time were just as complicated as they are today perhaps much so because of the lack of modern day t Elizabeth and Leicester the Virgin ueen ander sweet Robin are one of the great romances of He Who Dares history immortalised inistory books and Hollywood movies alike Most people The Thing About December have some awareness of their relationship the great ueen and the man she loved but could never marry the age old uestion of whether the Virgin ueen truly was a virgin and whether she and Leicester were loversUnfortunately much of what is known about their relationship is little than myth fabricated over the years to fit the romantic narrative There s the youthful passion the drama of the death of Leicester s wife the on off on off nature of their entanglement Elizabeth s dangling of foreign marriages Leicester s covert relationships with other women No wonder Hollywood loves Elizabeth enough to make several movies abouter and LeicesterIn this book Sarah Gristwood sets out to get to the truth charting their decades long relationship whilst cleaving as close as possible to documentary fact It s a thoroughly enjoyable read well written comprehensive and with an ever so slightly sentimental style that suits the topicHowever apart from the enjoyability of the read as Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar history it concerns me The author s training as a journalist and not anistorian is obvious The lack of foot or end notes in this book particularly I t have no problem withistory aimed at the lay reader but when an author is writing on a topic as smothered in istorical supposition and amorous gauze as Elizabeth and Leicester the very lack of that academic supporting evidence only weakens the impact A section on sources and further reading does not uite suffice to make me feel I could rely on this book with any certainty In large part this book is based on other secondary sources with little primary material and nothing new in the way of istorical research If you re unfamiliar with the life of ueen Elizabeth I and the people who surrounded Stand Up and Fight her you might find this book a little overwhelming But if you ve read a fair share of biographies about the ueen you ll find this one to be illuminating certainly an accomplishment given all that An’s block both imprisoned in the Tower just yards away Within days of the death ofer sister Mary e was at er side and within months openly spoken of as Now Is the Hour her lover evener future Londons Glory (Bryant May, husband Her relationship wither “bonnie sweet Robin” was one of the most important in the life of Elizabeth For thirty years Jingle Bells he loveder advised er understood er sat by Troys her bed in sickness and representeder on state occ.
Sarah Gristwood attended Oxford and then worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women's issues She has contributed to The Times Guardian Independent and Evening Standard