• The Life of Elizabeth I

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-26-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (1,288 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.
©1998 Alison Weir (P)2003 Recorded Books
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“A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 08-03-13

The Golden Age

It is obvious that Alison Weir did a lot of research for this book. I like the fact that she subtly inserted the citation into the narrative. There is a lot of information provided in the book but the story line never bogged down. I do wish Weir had provided more information about the day to day rule of Elizabeth 1. I was amazed at how well educated Elizabeth 1 was and how many languages she spoke. I was unaware she served as an arbitrator between various countries helping to solve problems as to avoid war. Elizabeth 1 seemed to be such a talented person beside the above noted education, she was a magnificent horse women, a musician, dancer, singer, good at needle work, and a good politician. She apparently put the people of England as her priority. No wonder she was known as "good queen Bess". Davina Porter is a fantastic narrator and she was superb with the book. I am looking forward to reading more of Alison Weir.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-30-12

Inside the politics of Elizabeth I

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they were interested in British history.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Davina Porter could read the phone book and I'd listen to her. Her accents and voices given the different characters are wonderful.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Why marrying would have ruined Elizabeth I.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 07-08-13

A captivating look at Englands first great Queen

A richly detailed look at Elizabeth I with fascinating insights in to the way she ruled, managed other princes, court factions and overcame the prejudices against a female monarch.

Although so far my favourite Alison Weir is her book on Lancaster and York, this is still a captivating listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gemma Thomson on 12-29-15

Brilliant!

I love Alison Weir, and this is the first book of hers which I have listened to on audible. I use it most when driving, running or even when trying to get to sleep

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andree on 09-14-17

enjoyable

Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

To write on Elisabeth I is not easy considering the length and the numerous events of her reign. So well done Alison Weir for this concise treatment. However, I believe the volume would have benefited of a shorter appraisal of the queen's need of a husband. Unfortunately, in my view, Alison Weir insists too much on this aspect and maybe not enough on other events which made her reign such a success to the point of being labelled the golden years. In short, I believe that it is worth it since Alison Weir does have a way with words which make her books interesting and enjoyable overall.

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