Monday, April 6, 2015
THE LADY ELIZABETH by Alison Weir
THE LADY ELIZABETH
I listened on audiobook, rather than read, Alison Weir’s The Lady Elizabeth. Nonetheless, I found the experience to be quite similar to that which I had reading Weir’s first historical novel, Innocent Traitor. Just as that book followed the life of Lady Jane Grey, this followed the life of Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and the future Queen Elizabeth I.
As with Innocent Traitor, I liked The Lady Elizabeth, although I again did not find the writing to be more than adequate. And, as with that book, I was again left wondering about the historical accuracy of this novel. However, when I completed The Lady Elizabeth, I was left with a sense that I had a better understanding of what Elizabeth had experienced during her lifetime and a better appreciation of her intelligence and savvy, as she walked through a life that was essentially riddled with land mines and rife with dangers at every turn. Her survival prior to becoming queen is, in my opinion, a testament to the remarkable nature of this woman.