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The Bisley Boy Paperback – 24 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Heretic Books (24 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854492216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854492213
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Nov. 2003
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This is the best of Chris Hunt's forays into historical fiction. The conspiracy theory is that the real Queen Elizabeth I actually dies in childhood and is swapped for her little-known cousin, a boy, who grows to adulthood pretending to be the queen "with the heart and stomach of a king".

Extremely well written, characterised and researched, this remains an absolute must-have novel for any historical novel fan. I honestly don't think you will be disappointed with "The Bisley Boy".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. Ride on 30 Dec. 2009
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What an absolute classic. This book is superbly written, superbly characterised and brilliantly researched.

For all that, it is in no way boring. The language is spot on for the time period and with the writing, you can visualise immediately the places described.

It is quite sad in parts; that a young boy has had to place his childhood/manhood aside in order to play a young girl growing to womanhood, and although you know that the power she/he eventually gains is a big pull on her/him, there are moments when what he (as a man) has lost by becoming Elizabeth I is starkly evident.

Brilliant book - cant recommend it highly enough.
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An interesting proposition, readable and entertaining - but surely preposterous - with many of the main events which took place in Elizabeth 1's reign being glossed over, which is probably just as well as it was presumably not written with 'academic' intentions. Nevertheless, It would have been interesting to hear a new angle on Elizabeth's relationship with Mary Queen Of Scots, for example.
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so far i have 6 people reading this and they keep my copies, explains a lot about er1 first heard the legend in my 20s through reading about bram stoker now well retired, im convinced exume the body and prove that englands greatest queen was in fact john neville in drag
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