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Summary

In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe.

With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality.

©1983 Carolly Erickson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Elizabeth. Her life and court.

Well written and researched. Well narrated. Definitely a book I would recommend to anyone and hope they liked it as much as I did.

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I thought it was read by a computer.

A fascinating round up of what is known about Elizabeth and her motivations and well worth reading (yourself, in book form!) but the narrator appears barely human at times. There are pauses where there should not be, mis-pronunciations (“dye-fuse” for diffuse, “pews I-laynimous” for pusillanimous are just two I’ve heard in the last few minutes but so many more bizarre things) and a weird deadpan delivery - I would not take another audiobook by the same narrator, it gets between listener and text.

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Great for Detail

The incredible amount of detail is the best thing about this book. On the other hand, and even for someone like me who loves the detail, and is very interested in this era of history, sometimes it did become a bit dull.

The narration is good. However, the actor has a distinct mid-Atlantic accent. He is (or was) British, but now lives in the USA. So there were moments when the narration veered unexpectedly into Loyd Grossman territory.

Not bad. A good ‘set sleep timer’ book, too.

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  • JustBill
  • 13-03-15

Well Researched Book

This is by far, the best book on Elizabeth 1, and when you finish it, you will be glad you chose this one book out of many available. You can love or hate Henry V111, but Anne produced the pick of the litter, that changed the face of the earth with beautiful Elizabeth.

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  • Nora
  • 30-07-14

You may think you know Elizabeth

If you could sum up The First Elizabeth in three words, what would they be?

I thought I knew Elizabeth 1 of England but this book convinced me of how much more I did not know. An enjoyable, well researched book. NOTE: She is Elizabeth 1st of England

The United Kingdom did not exist during this period. Elizabeth 2nd is an error.

Yes, I am opinionated

What other book might you compare The First Elizabeth to and why?

Your favorite Tudor period biography.

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

Gives all of the human beings in this book interest and color.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have listened several times

Any additional comments?

A pleasure, a bit like hot chocolate, its addictive.

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