Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Elizabeth I by Margaret George, review


Pages: 688
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Viking

Before I begin, I want to thank Margaret George for her kindness in sending me this book and helping me get in contact with the great people at Pump Up Your Book.  I’m honoured to be a part of the blog tour for this wonderful book.

When I first received the book, the size alone was daunting, never-mind the subject matter!  In fact, all of Margaret George’s book are large on size and even  larger on talent.

I love the fact that Ms. George didn’t redo the overworked material of the early Elizabeth history (ie. Seymour, sister Mary, etc.) and began the story during the queen’s later years.  I should mention that the book is narrated not only by Elizabeth but by her cousin Lettice, as well.  This was one of my favourite parts of the book.  I’ve been wanting to learn more about her for ages.  I like her a lot and can’t wait to read more about her.   I haven’t been a fan of Elizabeth in the past but I found myself liking her sometimes (most of the time) while reading this.

The book is very detailed and the pages are full of historical information, but it doesn’t take away from the story in the least.  I appreciated it all the more for the complexity of subject was impeccably written.  The research must have been intense!  But, it shows in each and every word on the  688 pages.

In short, Margaret George is just in a class by herself.  I can’t think of any other author whose books I’ve read that are as perfect and enthralling and carry as much history rich information.  Absolute historical fiction at its finest and a privilege to read from start to finish.

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth I by Margaret George, review

  1. Thank you for the fabulous review of Margaret’s latest. I’m almost finished reading it now too. I was glad to see the focus of this book to be different too. I had recently read The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner, so I was ready for something past that point in Elizabeth’s history.

    When we visit North Carolina each year, we stay not far from Roanoke Island, which is where a Sir Walter Raleigh left the colonists to return to England for supplies. Thanks to Philip and his Armada, Raleigh would not return to America for three years, and when he did the colony had disappeared. I was glad to see Raleigh’s return to England after finding the colony gone, portrayed so well in this book.

    Thanks again for your fabulous review. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  2. Thank you for reviewing ELIZABETH I, and for liking it and saying such kind things about it! I really appreciate the opportunity to be a guest on your site and to reach other readers this way as well.

    I am glad you liked the fact that I started the book past the usual set-pieces. I’ve gotten a few gripes about that, but most people are glad to be spared material they’ve heard a zillion times and use the time to explore new episodes, like the one with Raleigh and the Virginia colony that Cheryl mentioned above. There’s so much at the end of Elizabeth’s life that usually gets short shrift because the author has used up his/her time on the early years.

    Thanks again! Margaret

  3. Over 600 pages? gaaaah….ok this book needs to be bought if I take it out of the library I’d NEVER get it done by the due date. 🙂 Great review though. Let’s see how Dudley is in this one……

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