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I Elizabeth [PDF / EPUB] I Elizabeth A spellbinding novel about Elizabeth I from the internationally bestselling author of the Guenevere and Tristan and Isolde trilogies Publicly declared a bastard at the age of three daughter of a disgr A spellbinding novel about Elizabeth I from the internationally bestselling author of the Guenevere and Tristan and Isolde trilogies 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 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 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 ueen 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.

10 thoughts on “I Elizabeth

  1. says:

    I Elizabeth is Rosalind Miles' first person narrative of ueen Elizabeth's life from early childhood to the peak of her glorious reign Honestly I thought that I would enjoy this novel a great deal than I actually did Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine and I certainly have no ualms with an author taking liberties when they accept the challenge of blending fiction with historical fact Unfortunately I was mildly disappointed Being of an optimistic nature and generally a soft critic I'll start by mentioning the strengths of I Elizabeth and why it's a fairly interesting concept Of course we all like to read about famous people from the past especially monarchs because they were face it the boss How extraordinary it must have been to issue a command and have the entire court fall to its knees And Elizabeth last of the Tudor line for all of her faults was truly a glorious leader When you compare her doings to those of other monarchs who abused their power and ruled through a violent need for self preservation it's hard not to want to root for her during the many struggles faced by England during her reign Elizabeth was and remains to be to this day likable With this in mind I would like to congratulate Miles on creating a personality that can both amuse the reader and also stir his or her sympathy The character of Elizabeth which I imagine Miles constructed after conducting plenty of research and also applying a bit of her own imagining one can only understand the personality behind a historical figure so well is an extraordinarily believable one Yes Elizabeth was often kind she was true to her country and serious about her position as monarch and she ruled through rationality and a desire to preserve life But she was not perfect and Miles does not pretend otherwise The character of Elizabeth is portrayed as a woman who is not without her own jealousies her own greed or her own cruelty Must I mention how many times she mentally insults the women about her? I believe the term plow horse was used no less than a dozen times I truly appreciated this Miles was not afraid to show Elizabeth as a human being and not just a golden monarch adored by all of England with the exception of those who bastardized her And if it is anything to go by Elizabeth was actually a rather greedy individual; she loved her jewels Now although the character of Elizabeth was so believable the content of the novel itself is what ultimately made me struggle through most of the story It was not apparent at the beginning when the reader is introduced to Elizabeth as a child and then a young woman nearing the throne but following such I started to feel well bored Don't get me wrong Miles does incorporate much of the historical occurrences throughout Elizabeth's reign including the struggles with Spain Catholic uprisings and Elizabeth's own tenacious rival Mary ueen of Scots However these elements are almost treated as an afterthought The majority of the novel truly seems to be centered on Elizabeth's many love affairs The first few were tolerable but it soon became a common theme that overshadowed all else This was fortified in turn by the overly flowery prose that Miles uses throughout the novel On one hand the prose is decent because it has an archaic air to it allowing the reader to feel as if they truly are living in the time of Elizabeth However the common phrase is that one can always have too much of a good thing In time Miles prose becomes overly wordy even choking and it takes away from the story itself Some of it is just so burdensome that one wishes to grab hold of Elizabeth and strike her across the face Get a hold of yourself woman Do you realize that your kingdom is in danger? Forget that man who is young enough to be your son If there was an award for having the most distracting prose it would certainly be awarded to I Elizabeth In the end whether or not you will enjoy this novel depends heavily upon your own interests Looking for a story that goes into exhausting detail of Elizabeth's romantic feelings? You're in luck Do you enjoy prose that hurts the teeth? Here you are Of course this is still a novel with uite a deal to offer As I mentioned before the earlier parts of the novel are a bit concerned with Elizabeth's position before becoming ueen including the obstacles she faced following the death of her father and that is what I enjoyed most After all sister Mary was a real charmer Nothing uite beats the threat of being burned alive

  2. says:

    Oh for cryin' out loudBridget Jones has backbone than Elizabeth Tudor at least as she's portrayed in this novelIf Elizabeth I was as portrayed in this book she wasn't just a ueen of England she was a drama ueen As portrayed by Miles Elizabeth is a whiny histrionic little brat with absolutely no strength whatsoever She never commands her people; she sobbed she wept she screeched she howled she screamed she told them tearfully and wept afresh As far as I can tell she spent about 50 years alternately sobbing screaming and screeching One choice example when she is signing a death warrant Madly I traced my way through the serpentine forms of my Elizabeth R sometimes keening in pain sometimes laughing the disordered laugh of a bedlam woman Really? REALLY? You're telling me that Elizabeth I spent her life behaving like the lead in a bad Theda Bara film?Miles also never gives any sense of place or time Elizabeth is constantly in a sense of panic going from crisis to crisis The periods without crises aren't even mentioned in Miles' book The problem with this is that Elizabeth is 30 years old on one page and just a few pages later she's about to hit 40 and has apparently been about to hit 40 for pages and pages And since she always behaves like a spoiled 15 year old throwing a tantrum there's no character development to give the reader insight into the fact that she's agingThe basic plot is fine but it's actually Elizabeth's life so no points there

  3. says:

    An amazing book Rosaline Miles writes in the first person so we are reading this account of the life of probably the most powerful woman in history as she might well have written it Our preconceptions of Elizabeth I are skewed a little by misty myth particularly the one about the virgin ueen She was also mistress of spin before anyone knew what that was Her rallying speech to the fleet at the time of the Spanish Armada for example paraphrased'I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a king and a King of England too' Weak? Feeble? I think not I first read this book in the United States after a wonderful few hours in Borders However whilst an enjoyable read it had obviously been adapted for the U S market Elizabeth comments on the efforts by her advisers to marry her off to the Dauphin of France that he was too young 'he was scarce out of diapers' DIAPERS? In the Sixteenth Century? I left the book with my American friends On returning home I went to Waterstone's to buy a copy for a friend and was assured most firmly by the sales assistant that this edition was blessedly diaper free

  4. says:

    As a fan of the historical figure and popular interpretations of Elizabeth I I tend to read anything I can get my hands on dealing with this fascinating part of world history 'I Elizabeth' interprets the story from Elizabeth's own perspective as if these are her final diaries while recounting her lifeAmusingly her later self freuently comments on her recollections usually with regret and embarassment especially when she's talking about the Earl of Essex who turned out to be a great disappointment for her It was a fascinating read though; I believe this is the book that the first Elizabeth movie starring Cate Blanchett was based off ofalthough it is interesting to note how that movie veers from historical record in that Sir Robert Dudley ends up ostracized when that is in no way what happened Anyways a great read about one of the most powerful woman ever in world history

  5. says:

    I thought this book would never end How is it that the author turned the great ueen Elizabeth into a whiny simpering love sick fool??

  6. says:

    Historical fictional buffs are uite used to the endless supply of Elizabeth Tudor books with beautifully decorated covers Sometimes though there are too many books and too little time to stick to reading one which isn’t as satisfying As hard as I tried to “truck” through “ I Elizabeth” by Rosalind Miles; I simply could not continue after 200 some odd pages The novel wasn’t overly scholarly and was accurate enough which I thoroughly welcome in historical fiction literature However it still possessed too many chunks which can simply be described as frivolous and silly The advanced Tudor reader would find these to be frustrating Further many of the well known events described feel rushed too constrained or even glossed over Miles seemed to want to get the facts across but didn’t present them with a visionary illustrious fictional path Basically I Elizabeth was blandFurther aggravating in I Elizabeth were the overly emphasized stereotypes in regards to the characters Elizabeth as a child was portrayed in an overdose of child like mentality for instance while her sister Mary was tightly sueezed into the villainous role with Elizabeth even calling Mary her “enemy” when she was merely 10 years old Personalities weren’t explored out of the box or in an undefined way While speaking of characterizations; there was a large filter between the reader and Elizabeth which clearly causes dissonance as she is the main character One never truly feels like Elizabeth’s ‘real’ psyche is explored and there is a major lack of intimacy On a positive note the prose is well written not too elementary with a well use of literary language and proper time period styles Although I didn’t click with this book I CAN understand why others would I would suggest I Elizabeth for those not as familiar with the Tudors as Miles gives a great introductory course into Elizabeth’s life and reign Even the notes are helpful the family tree charts are much clearer than that of most books although it only states death dates versus birth and the alphabetical glossary of well known figures during the Tudor times explaining their relations would make a great leaflet for those who have to look up the characters while reading I am disheartened that I couldn’t get further in this novel Perhaps it would have gotten better as it progressed but it was simply taking too long to do so

  7. says:

    An interesting account of the life of Elizabeth I's life written from her own perspective I enjoyed it for the most part though after the execution of Mary ueen of Scots it felt like it was beginning to drag onOne of the problems that I had was keeping track of the various secondary characters While it's easy to remember characters like William and Robert Cecil Walsingham Robin Dudley and Robert of Essex the other various characters mostly Elizabeth's Howard Boleyn relations seemed to run together and it was hard to get a good grip on themI admit that I was also a bit skeptical about the part of Elizabeth's relationship with Robin where they ended up sleeping together with the intention of getting married I agree that the whole Virgin ueen thing was very much a symbol for her to use in order to garner the love and support of her people but personally I don't think she ever had any intention of marrying at all and used her own wit and intelligence to string along everyone who was urging her to marryOverall rather entertaining though there were a few things to get caught up on

  8. says:

    I positively LOVE this book Despite its size I have read it several times never tiring of the story This is written as an autobiography and seeing things told from Elizabeth's viewpoint is amazing It covers her entire life from when she was about 4 years old up until about 2 years before her death in 1603 Miles does a wonderful job of getting her voice just right It really shows the struggles she dealt with publicly and privately It really shows the sacrifices she maybe made to keep her kingdom safe and strong

  9. says:

    This book helped me get through my steroid shot insomnia last night and I finally finished the last 100 pages around 4 this morning It was excellent I'm so in love with this time period the Tudor line and Elizabeth I She is without a doubt my favorite monarch ever and the book portrayed her spirit beautifully She was a tease a feminist vulnerable yet with a steel core and so intelligent Rosalind Miles wrote Elizabeth as a real person not as an untouchable emotionless one dimensional historical figure I felt her joys and her fears and I really really kept on hoping she would finally find the love she desperately sought even though I knew the ending of the storyShe sacrificed herself for the love of her country This book trails Elizabeth from her days as a young girl all the way until she was an old woman who had been on the throne of England for over forty years The character grows and matures makes mistakes is loved and is betrayed so many times throughout the novel and I just ate this story up I liked the fact that Elizabeth's faults were shown she was often too forgiving and she let men wound her over and over again yet she was so love sick that she kept asking for I liked the fact that Miles didn't write her as a woman who was perfection itself because Elizabeth wasn't And the fact that she often made silly choices when it came to the opposite sex the fact that she was often wildly jealous and possessive and prone to fits of depression that made the character real and it made her a woman It was addictive and I was sad to see it end Thanks for getting this for me Warren

  10. says:

    I've been wanting a novel that embraced all sides of this Woman and ueen and I'm glad I picked this one to read I've read other books that show Elizabeth I as a vain jealous woman and her character really didn't develop much past that This book however doesn't fail to express all aspects of her person Yes she was vain AND jealous But she was also intelligent strong passionate witty and loving Whatever faults she had and every person has faults she rose above them to lead England through a 45 year reign She survived her sister Mary Tudor and she survived her cousin Mary ueen of Scots She stood her ground against France and Spain without being completly preoccupied with war And she did it all with the love of her people And now to compliment the book itself I loved it The writing style was at some points a little confusing to me as it can be a little difficult to keep track of Lord this Duke that Earl of something ectBut I like to read things that keep my attention Sometimes this story was absolutly heartbreaking I nearly cried at the end of part 4 I feel like after reading this I know Elizabeth I I'm looking forward to reading Rosalind Miles other novels

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