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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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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.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.