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The Lady Elizabeth : a novel

by Weir, Alison, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 13 copies
Available (13)
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Bethel Park Public Library Fiction FIC WEIR Alison
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC WEIR Alison
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC WEIR
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Fiction
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Fiction Fic Weir
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Collection  Fiction
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Fiction FIC WEI
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg
Collection  Fiction
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Green Tree Public Library Adult Fiction F WEI
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Collection  Adult Fiction
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction Weir
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Weir
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F WEIR Alison
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Fiction
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction WEIR Alison
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  WEIR Alison
Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC WEIR
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC WEIR
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC WEIR
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction WE
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Collection  Fiction
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Wei
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
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Shaler North Hills Library Fiction WEIR
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
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Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as "Lady Princess" and now call her "the Lady Elizabeth." Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her. What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier she is imprisoned in the Tower of London - and fears she will also meet her mother's grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, "Bloody" Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeth's resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen. Alison Weir uses her deft talents as historian and novelist to exquisitely and suspensefully play out the conflicts between family, politics, religion, and conscience that came to define an age. Sweeping in scope, The Lady Elizabeth is a fascinating portrayal of a woman far ahead of her time - an orphaned girl haunted by the shadow of the axe, an independent spirit who must use her cunning and wits for her very survival, and a future queen whose dangerous and dramatic path to the throne shapes her future greatness. From the Hardcover edition.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Popular historian Weir's second fictionalized foray into England's Tudor period, which has been her nonfiction mainstay all along, follows the impressive Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey (2007). She now tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I's early life, most specifically her perilous, even, at times, life-threatening, path to the throne. Daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was bastardized upon her mother's downfall; later recognized as an heir to her father in order of succession after her brother and older sister, Elizabeth nevertheless remained officially illegitimate. Victim in her early teens of the sexual advances of her stepfather, Thomas Seymour, Elizabeth also endured rough treatment from the hands of her sister Queen Mary I, because of her Protestantism and the threat she posed to Queen Mary's obsessive Catholicism. As Weir so painstakingly creates her, within the precocious young Elizabeth are seen the seeds of the wise, successful adult queen. When understanding of a character reaches a level of identity with her or him, especially in historical fiction, the result is a compelling, even irresistible, read. Having established that identity here, Weir offers an exceptionally perceptive as well as imaginative interpretation of the most significant monarch in English history.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Rosalyn Landor distinguishes the female characters nicely, handles the British and Welsh accents well and has a charming narrator's voice. She's less successful voicing the children, who sound like squeaky toys, and her Henry VIII makes one think of Papa Bear. While the book is often tediously detailed, and the children's psychological sophistication and vocabulary are beyond belief, Weir knows her landscape and how to tell a good yarn: she has written 10 histories of this period, and one bestselling novel, Innocent Traitor, about Lady Jane Grey. Landor's narration carries the fascinating plot twists and dynamic characters. Weir fans, historical novel and Elizabethan era buffs--and teenage girls--will enjoy this audio. A Ballantine hardcover (reviewed online). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Elizabeth -- I, -- Queen of England, -- 1533-1603 -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :Ballantine Books,2008
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 480 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780345495358
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