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Subject: The Lady Elizabeth - Alison Weir
Date Posted: 5/1/2008 5:59 PM ET
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Just got it from the library last night and I have finished eight chapters already.  Not liking it as much as Innocent Traitor though.  Anyone get their hands on a copy of this yet?

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I didn't know she had written more fiction.  Her one on Lady Jane Gray wasn't very good either.  Her biography on Elizabeth I was excellent and so was the one on all The Tudor children. Maybe she should stick to her nonfiction writing!

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I have a copy. I have not read that much .I like what  I have read.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Finished it this afternoon - didn't like it as much as Innocent Traitor (her fictional work about Lady Jane Grey).  Weir took liberties with Elizabeth that I didn't care for.   If you've finished the book, you'll know what I mean.  Weir explains why she did it in her afterword/author's note, but I still didn't like it. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I just picked this up from the library this afternoon and plan to start reading it this evening. I really liked Innocent Traitor. We'll see what Weir does with Elizabeth.

I also checked out The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander. I have some good reading ahead of me!

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:46 AM ET
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Drat. I was really hoping that this one would be as good as Traitor.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 12:11 PM ET
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I'm picking this up from the library tomorrow.  I hadn't expected to get it so soon - I was 6th on the list.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Daphne and Felicia - I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on the book once you've finished. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 5:02 PM ET
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I haven't had time yet to get far into The Lady Elizabeth, but I'll let you know what I think of it, Marci!

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 7:00 PM ET
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I finished this last night.  I did not like it as well as I liked Innocent Traitor, but I still thought it was a very good story.  She did take some liberties so if you are a stickler for absolute historical accuracy, then you probably won't like it.  I did appreciate that Weir explained why she did what she did and I thought it was reasonable - this is fiction after all and it is interesting/fun to consider some of the "what ifs".

I thought she did a good job of conveying the sense of loss and confusion Elizabeth felt over the loss of her mother and the subsequent string of stepmothers.  Some of the "liberties" go to perhaps explaining some of the reasons behind Elizabeth's determination to stay unmarried.  Really when you think about the childhood she had to live through it is quite amazing that she turned out to be the great ruler that she did.