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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 1603, 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 more, 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


I, Elizabeth
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A must for historical and Tudor fans
November 1st, 2014
Miles takes a new look at Elizabeth I’s life by telling of her impressive 45-year reign in her own words. I loved the tone of this book. The Virgin Queen sounds haughty, witty, vain, analytical, intelligent, and very self-aware. I disliked how the book focuses disproportionately on her love affairs over politics. However, I assume that where those two intersect is where there’s more information around this famous, long-ago queen.
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February 1st, 2014
This novel, told in the first person, explores Elizabeth Tutor's life. She explores her early life, how she found out about her mother's death, her father's tyranny, and the court's complicity. Beautifully written dialog takes you through Elizabeth's harrowing life under Queen Mary, her feelings about religion, and her earliest passions. Once crowned Queen of England, she experiences feelings of greater insecurity influencing many of the great decisions she made as Queen - Should she marry?, What to do about her love for Robert Dudley, and What to do with Mary Queen of Scots. All of the feelings expressed are credible and true to life. This is truly historical fiction at it's best.
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Excellent Read!
December 25th, 2012
If you enjoy this period in history, this book is engrossing!!
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