Alison Weir was already one of Britain's most popular historians when she wrote her first novel, "Innocent Traitor", which hit the "Sunday Times" bestseller list to a chorus of praise. Now, in her second novel, Alison Weir goes to the heart of Tudor England at its most dangerous and faction-riven in telling the story of Elizabeth I before she became queen. The towering capricious figure of Henry VIII dominates her childhood, but others play powerful roles: Mary, first a loving sister, then as queen a lethal threat; Edward, the rigid and sad little King; Thomas Seymour, the Lord High Admiral, whose ambitions, both political and sexual, are unbridled. And, an ever-present ghost, the enigmatic, seductive figure of her mother Anne Boleyn, executed by Henry, whose story Elizabeth must unravel. Elizabeth learns early that the adult world contains many threats that have to be negotiated if she is to keep her heart and her head.
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'The author lends a refreshing perspective to well-known characters and events... [An] entertaining look into the rarely explored life of one of England's most fascinating characters.' -- Publishers Weekly
'This novel takes us into a very plausible and frightening 16th-century world... Can Elizabeth survive? Well, you know the answer but this Tudor thriller is so exciting that you find yourself amazed that she did.' -- Daily Express
'[A] compelling, even irresistible read... Weir offers an exceptionally perceptive as well as imaginative interpretation of the most significant monarch in English history.'
-- Booklist (starred review)
The novel is meticulously researched and convincingly captures the intimate details of the future Monarch's daily life... She emerges as a thoughtful, wise, precocious and likeable survivor
-- Mail on Sunday
`It seems we can never get enough of the first Elizabeth, but in this book Alison Weir brings her to life and captures the young girl's passions and sense of self-determination' -- The Lady
A fantastic historical novel from the author of the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling Innocent Traitor
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091796725
Book Description Hutchinson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091796725