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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. and a page turner.
I was recently involved with the Royal Opera production of Britten's opera "Gloriana" which was partly based on this book. The very different characters of Elizabeth and Essex are brought vividly to life as is a sense of the times. This all happened really not so very long ago and yet it seems to have taken place on another planet. Elizabeth and her courtiers' fear of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good insight into the politics of the Elizabethan court although not to sure how much is factual and how much is fiction. Would have preferred translation of the Latin phrases and found the passages of old English text quite hard to understand and had to read them several times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 25 Mar. 2014
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A good insight into the politics of the Elizabethan court although not to sure how much is factual and how much is fiction. Would have preferred translation of the Latin phrases and found the passages of old English text quite hard to understand and had to read them several times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. and a page turner., 21 July 2013
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I was recently involved with the Royal Opera production of Britten's opera "Gloriana" which was partly based on this book. The very different characters of Elizabeth and Essex are brought vividly to life as is a sense of the times. This all happened really not so very long ago and yet it seems to have taken place on another planet. Elizabeth and her courtiers' fear of assassination is matched by the horror of the punishments meted out to traitors, real or falsely accused. I found the fate of her physician, Dr Lopez, deeply saddening. Further reading will consist of more about Elizabeth and Lytton Strachey's books about the Victorians and others which I have obtained on Kindle.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a politico, not really historically relevant, 28 Dec. 2014
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Started reading this and to be perfectly honest it reads more as a political review of Elizabeths failings as a queen than a commentary on her love (?) for Essex... Leicester is pretty much sidelined - he was her original favourite before Essex. I got rather bored and deleted it from my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth and Essex, 8 Jan. 2015
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I would recommend this book to those that like this part of our history. Although long and at times very over wordy, I think no stone was left unturned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoying this one - on the third reading - ..., 4 Dec. 2014
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Still enjoying this one - on the third reading - though I know it has come in for adverse review
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 20 Dec. 2014
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Good for insomniacs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth and Essex, 11 May 2014
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A captivating read . Lots of story and intrigue. A fascinating relationship I really enjoyed this book.
It was one of those that you want to finish and yet you are sorry that you have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Sept. 2014
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Yet to check but thanks
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2.0 out of 5 stars rosiem, 23 April 2014
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I started to read this book and quickly got bored with it a bit too wordy and no story would not recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read, 11 May 2014
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I love any book taking me back to Tudor times. This book was easy to understand with not too many dates to remember as some historical based novels.
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