This is a good novel written by Alison Weir, one the
best-selling historian in United Kingdom. The novel is about the early life of
Elizabeth Tudor, who became a powerful queen of England after her illegitimacy, public gossip, political conflicts and
disputed succession shapes her.
I like this book because the writer endeavored to keep as
far as possible to the known facts written on historical records. Every
historical events were portrayed well and the addition of some events woven by
the author is really good and convincing that you might consider as true
events. I also like the way the conversations of the novel were constructed, it
has class and elegance proper for royalties in the past.
The story was brilliantly vivid and every character breathes
as though they were alive. Every turn of events was properly connected to each
other and the plot was properly portrayed. I was never bored reading this book
and it arose my interest into the next events. It has several setting and
themes, and contains political and religious aspect. It gave me pleasures,
enjoyment, entertainment and especially the most important is that the novel gave
me some knowledge about the history of past royalties in England. Story conveys
the idea that being part of a royal family in England in the late centuries has
a lot of fearful, dangerous and complicated situations that can even result to royalties’
death. The story also conveys different kinds of emotion like, happiness,
sadness and sympathy toward some of the events. Especially, I have sympathy to Lady
Jane Grey’s very sad fate; she was an innocent victim of her family’s ambitions
that leads to her beheading.
It is a book you will
love even though you don't read historical books. Reading this book will urge
you to read other books of Alison Weir.