Daphne from Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff has just made my day by posting the cover and blurb of Margaret George's new novel on my girl, Queen Elizabeth I...with the original title of Elizabeth I. It feels like I've been waiting for this book FOREVER, but my wait will be over sometime in April 2011.
I've read all of George's novels with the exception of Mary, Called Magdalene and LOVED them all. I think my favorite is The Autobiography of King Henry VIII. What about you? Are you as excited as I am?
SYNOPSIS: Margaret George tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma—the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England’s greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like? In this novel, her flame-haired, lookalike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth’s rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth’s throne, Lettice had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth about Elizabeth’s character. Their gripping drama is acted out at the height of the flowering of the Elizabethan age. Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—all of them swirl through these pages as they swirled through the court and on the high seas.
Off to do the happy dance :)