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I enjoyed Alison Weir's view of the so-called Virgin Queen
on 3 September 2014
As a keen reader of historical fiction from an early age, I enjoyed Alison Weir's view of the so-called Virgin Queen. She eloquently showed how dependent the royal family wee on the political figures in power at the time and gave a vivid picture of life in Tudor England. it was good to be reminded of Elizabeth's acknowledged educational abilities. It was also intriguing to be reminded of the different palaces frequented by the Tudors. Life was tough, even for the richest in the land.
The novel was a little slow to come alight, but I persevered and was astounded to come upon Weir's novel twist in the tale. There is no doubt that pregnancy at that time was difficult, medically. But could I really accept that Elizabeth gave in to passion with one of her admirers? it was an interesting idea and a living child would have caused history to be rewritten! I was unable to suspend my disbelief over this however, and it rather took away from my enjoyment of the book to know that an eminent historian would "fake" facts like this.