ELIZABETH-by Margaret George

Once again American author, Margaret George, has produced a stellar work of historical fiction in her newly released, Elizabeth.

As with George’s previous books, the story is skillfully written in the first person, this time through the eyes of Elizabeth Tudor, England’s first female monarch, the only child of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn.

Despite its considerable size the story is a page turner that takes us behind the scenes of court machinations during Elizabeth’s 45 year reign coupled with her private struggle to find balance in a male dominated political world against the ordinary wants and needs of a 16th century woman.  For fans of exquisitely researched historical fiction, George opens a fascinating window into the inner world of the woman not “behind the throne”, but the woman on the throne.

Margaret George’s previously released works that are also on my ‘worth the read’ list include:

The Autobiography of Henry VIII,

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles

The Memoirs of Cleopatra

Mary Called  Magdalene