I thought this book would never end How is it that the author turned the great Queen Elizabeth into a whiny, simpering, love sick fool A Spellbinding Novel About Elizabeth I From The Internationally Bestselling Author Of The Guenevere And Tristan And Isolde Trilogies Publicly Declared A Bastard At The Age Of Three, Daughter Of A Disgraced And Executed Mother, Last In The Line Of Succession To The Throne Of England, Elizabeth I Inherited An England Ravaged By Bloody Religious Conflict, At War With Spain And France, And Badly In Debt When She Died In , After A Forty Five Year Reign, Her Empire Spanned Two Continents And Was United Under One Church, Victorious In War, And Blessed With An Overflowing Treasury What S , Her Favorites William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, And Sir Walter Raleigh Had Made The Elizabethan Era A Cultural Golden Age Still Remembered Today But For Elizabeth The Woman, Tragedy Went Hand In Hand With Triumph Politics And Scandal Forced The Passionate Queen To Reject Her True Love, Robert Dudley, And To Execute His Stepson, Her Much Adored Lord Essex Now In This Spellbinding Novel, Rosalind Miles Brings To Life The Woman Behind The Myth By Turns Imperious, Brilliant, Calculating, Vain, And Witty, This Is The Elizabeth The World Never Knew From The Days Of Her Brutal Father, Henry VIII, To Her Final Dying Moments, Elizabeth Tells Her Story In Her Own Words As a fan of the historical figure and popular interpretations of Elizabeth I, I tend to read anything I can get my hands on dealing with this fascinating part of world history I, Elizabeth interprets the story from Elizabeth s own perspective as if these are her final diaries while recounting her life.
Amusingly, her later self frequently comments on her recollections, usually with regret and embarassment, especially when she s talking about the Earl of Essex, who turned out to be a great disappointment for her It was a fascinating read though I believe this is the book that the first Elizabeth movie starring Cate Blanchett was based off of.
although it is interesting to note how that movie veers from historical record in that Sir Robert Dudley ends up ostracized when that is in no way what happened Anyways, a great read about one of the most powerful woman ever in world history.
An interesting account of the life of Elizabeth I s life, written from her own perspective I enjoyed it for the most part, though after the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, it felt like it was beginning to drag on.
One of the problems that I had was keeping track of the various secondary characters While it s easy to remember characters like William and Robert Cecil, Walsingham, Robin Dudley, and Robert of Essex, the other various characters mostly Elizabeth s Howard Boleyn relations seemed to run together, and it was hard to get a good grip on them.
I admit that I was also a bit skeptical about the part of Elizabeth s relationship with Robin where they ended up sleeping together with the intention of getting married I agree that the whole Virgin Queen thing was very much a symbol for her to use in order to garner the love and support of her people, but personally I don t think she ever had any intention of marrying at all, and used her own wit and intelligence to string along everyone who was urging her to marry.
Overall, rather entertaining, though there were a few things to get caught up on.
Historical fictional buffs are quite used to the endless supply of Elizabeth Tudor books with beautifully decorated covers Sometimes, though, there are too many books and too little time to stick to reading one which isn t as satisfying As hard as I tried to truck through I, Elizabeth , by Rosalind Miles I simply could not continue after 200 some odd pages The novel wasn t overly scholarly and was accurate enough which I thoroughly welcome in historical fiction literature However, it still possessed too many chunks which can simply be described as frivolous and silly The advanced Tudor reader would find these to be frustrating Further, many of the well known events described feel rushed, too constrained, or even glossed over Miles seemed to want to get the facts across but didn t present them with a visionary, illustrious fictional path Basically, I, Elizabeth was bland.
Further aggravating in I, Elizabeth, were the overly emphasized stereotypes in regards to the characters Elizabeth as a child was portrayed in an overdose of child like mentality, for instance, while her sister Mary was tightly squeezed into the villainous role with Elizabeth even calling Mary her enemy when she was merely 10 years old Personalities weren t explored out of the box or in an undefined way While speaking of characterizations there was a large filter between the reader and Elizabeth which clearly causes dissonance as she is the main character One never truly feels like Elizabeth s real psyche is explored and there is a major lack of intimacy On a positive note, the prose is well written, not too elementary, with a well use of literary language and proper time period styles Although I didn t click with this book, I CAN understand why others would I would suggest I, Elizabeth for those not as familiar with the Tudors, as Miles gives a great introductory course into Elizabeth s life and reign Even the notes are helpful the family tree charts are much clearer than that of most books although it only states death dates versus birth , and the alphabetical glossary of well known figures during the Tudor times explaining their relations would make a great leaflet for those who have to look up the characters while reading I am disheartened that I couldn t get further in this novel Perhaps, it would have gotten better as it progressed, but it was simply taking too long to do so.
I positively LOVE this book Despite its size, I have read it several times, never tiring of the story This is written as an autobiography and seeing things told from Elizabeth s viewpoint is amazing It covers her entire life, from when she was about 4 years old up until about 2 years before her death in 1603 Miles does a wonderful job of getting her voice just right It really shows the struggles she dealt with, publicly and privately It really shows the sacrifices she maybe made to keep her kingdom safe and strong.
This novel is fairly long, and it is a slow read, but oh, it is a satisfying one I ve slowly been picking up books revolving around this time period, and I think this is definitely one of the better ones I very much enjoyed it I m no historian, so I can t really speak to the historical accuracy here What I did appreciate was the fact that Miles brought Elizabeth to life for me by telling the tale from her own perspective While it was amazing to see what a strong intelligent politician she was, I particularly enjoyed Miles take on her imperfections her flaws There were times I rooted for her, but she wasn t always entirely likeableand I liked that She wasn t just a monarch she was also a human I really liked Miles style of writing, as well It could be a little too flowery at times, but for the most part, I just wanted to soak it all in, it was so beautiful This is not a pageturner, by any means, but I don t mean that in a bad way Just be prepared to take a while on this one I will admit, the last 1 4 of the book really slowed down for me, but not enough to make me want to quit For any one interested in this time period, I highly recommend picking this one up
Oh, for cryin out loudBridget Jones has backbone than Elizabeth Tudor, at least as she s portrayed in this novel.
If Elizabeth I was as portrayed in this book, she wasn t just a queen of England, she was a drama queen As portrayed by Miles, Elizabeth is a whiny, histrionic little brat with absolutely no strength whatsoever She never commands her people she sobbed, she wept, she screeched, she howled, she screamed, she told them tearfully, and wept afresh As far as I can tell, she spent about 50 years alternately sobbing, screaming and screeching One choice example, when she is signing a death warrant, Madly I traced my way through the serpentine forms of my Elizabeth R, sometimes keening in pain, sometimes laughing the disordered laugh of a bedlam woman Really REALLY You re telling me that Elizabeth I spent her life behaving like the lead in a bad Theda Bara film Miles also never gives any sense of place or time Elizabeth is constantly in a sense of panic, going from crisis to crisis The periods without crises aren t even mentioned in Miles book The problem with this is that Elizabeth is 30 years old on one page, and just a few pages later she s about to hit 40 and has apparently been about to hit 40 for pages and pages And since she always behaves like a spoiled 15 year old throwing a tantrum, there s no character development to give the reader insight into the fact that she s aging.
The basic plot is fine but it s actually Elizabeth s life, so no points there.
An amazing book Rosaline Miles writes in the first person, so we are reading this account of the life of probably the most powerful woman in history as she might well have written it Our preconceptions of Elizabeth I are skewed a little by misty myth, particularly the one about the virgin queen She was also mistress of spin, before anyone knew what that was Her rallying speech to the fleet at the time of the Spanish Armada, for example paraphrased I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a King of England too Weak Feeble I think not I first read this book in the United States, after a wonderful few hours in Borders However, whilst an enjoyable read, it had obviously been adapted for the U S market Elizabeth comments, on the efforts by her advisers to marry her off to the Dauphin of France, that he was too young, he was scarce out of diapers DIAPERS In the Sixteenth Century I left the book with my American friends On returning home, I went to Waterstone s to buy a copy for a friend, and was assured most firmly by the sales assistant that this edition was blessedly diaper free.