Author: Alison Weir
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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and this book did not disappoint. This novel precedes Elizabeth’s coronation and I found it in the most part to be historically accurate. In the edition of the book I have there is an interview with Weir where at the end she does shows the reader what parts of the story she has added in. I think these extra bits add to Elizabeth’s character and bring the reader into the heart of Tudor England. The conversations between the characters are kept historically accurate and this adds a new level to the novel.
About three quarters of the way through the novel I did become a bit bored. There was a sense of doom in the last section that I felt dragged on. However overall this was a great read.
Alison Weir writes amazing historical fiction novel she knows the characters inside out and it is a pleasure to read anything she writes.