Saturday, January 29, 2011

There's a book I can't wait to get my hands on.

It's coming in April and it's Elizabeth I by Margaret George! I am an absolute, die-hard fan of this writer and her books have never failed me. I thought I was done with Tudors (too many books about them, kinda like those love-struck teenage vampires), but because it's Margaret George, I know it will be outstanding. By the way, those who compare her to Philippa Gregory, please stop. You are doing Ms. George a grave disservice. Gregory and George are not even on the same planet as far as writing and historical accuracy go. Anyway, below is a little info on the book from the author's website:

New York Times best-selling Margaret George captures history’s most enthralling queen—as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart.
One of today’s premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she 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, look-alike 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 has 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. Their rivalry, and its ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works. Intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan age great—Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake—fill these pages, giving us an unforgettable glimpse of a queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head, and considered herself married to her people.
This magnificent, stay-up-all-night page-turner is George’s finest and one that is sure to delight readers of Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, and Hilary Mantel.
Also, when you visit Ms. George's website, make sure to read Ten Surprises About Elizabeth Tudor.

Elizabeth I by Margaret George will be published on April 5th, 2011 by The Viking Press