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What a pity that publishing houses have abolished editors, those anonymous people with a red pen who interceded on behalf of the reader's. If an editor had read this book, one third of it should have been deleted. Every second chapter focused on why Elizabeth didn't want to marry.
It almost became hilarious when the narrator switches between three "voices." A fairly decent Queens English, a Scotish brogue and "Yesterday I arrived here from Bulgaria." This third "continental" dialect is then used for ambassadors and suitors from Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the Vatican. Even the desperate "Mary" suddenly alternates between Scotish and Bulgarian. Money and time wasted.
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If you could sum up Elizabeth and Mary in three words, what would they be?
Rivalry writing history.
What did you like best about this story?
I so enjoyed this fascinating psychological study of two unforgettable queens, each trying to maneuver the brutal politic landscapes of the day with distinctly unique styles.
What does Isla Blair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I love Ms. Blair's voice, so richly befitting the story line.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It helps to have some basic knowledge of the historical facts of the era, as the main focus of the book is the powerful personalities and eerily intertwined destinies of these royal cousins.