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In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe.With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity theIn this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe.With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality....

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  • Anastasia
    2018-12-07 09:10

    Ma io dei gossip non me ne faccio niente..Volete saperne di più su Elisabetta I? Avete intenzioni serie?Non leggete la biografia della Erickson, allora. Prendetevi una qualsiasi altra biografia, prendetevi il vostro libro di storia delle superiori - se ce l'avete ancora -, fate un salto su Wikipedia, andate a ritrovare la puntata di Superk Quark dedicatale, ma lasciate perdere questo libro.Intorno a pagina 100 la lettura si è trascinata in un sopporta-e-vai-avanti. Carolly Erickson sembra molto più interessata a raccontarci i gossip della gente sugli amanti di Elisabetta e le sue vacanze estive piuttosto che quello che aveva fatto effettivamente per il suo paese. Io dico, mi fa piacere sapere che Elisabetta aveva una vita sessuale più che attiva, ma oddio, veramente a me interessava sapere le rilevanze storiche del suo regno. Se adesso farsela con Pinco e Panco è una rilevanza storica - molto berlusconiano - allora io non capisco la nostra Carolly. Spesso sembra persino girare attorno alla figura della Regina, quasi non volesse guardarla direttamente negli occhi quando parla di lei, ma solo attraverso altre persone. Fa emergere un ritratto di Elisabetta frivolo e vanitoso. Si dilunga fin troppo sulle questioni del suo lignaggio, non è capace di rimanere focalizzata sulla linea cronologica e si dilunga su questioni irrilevanti - avete capito quali - e tratta le questioni politiche come parentesi da sbrigare frettolosamente e in modo poco chiaro, annoiato e annoiante. Un esempio a caso: parla di Maria La Sanguinaria e della reclusione di Elisabetta, e fa passare il suo regno senza nemmeno accennare alle repressioni religiose e alla restaurazione, seppur breve, del cattolicesimo. Sono dettagli naturalmente, pff. Non è una biografia su Bloody Mary, però sarebbe carino farlo presente, altrimenti la tolleranza successiva di Elisabetta perde di valore. Mamma mia, meno male che è finita. Ed io che avevo in mente di leggere anche la biografia di Anna Bolena.Ma neanche per scherzo, io dalla Erickson d'ora in poi prenderò le dovute distanze.

  • Michela
    2018-12-07 04:00

    Cioè, quarant'anni di regno e l'unica cosa che interessa la Erickson è quella di elencare gli amanti di questa focosa regina che di vergine aveva ben poco. Ci sono però interessanti digressioni sulla vita di corte,le usanze ed i costumi di quest'epoca buia e sanguinosa che vede in primo piano il conflitto religioso iniziato con Enrico VIII (padre di Elizabeth e marito di Anna Bolena -seconda di sei mogli-) e che sfocerà nello scisma anglicano dalla chiesa cattolica romana. Elizabeth verrà ricordata ed amata per la tolleranza rispetto a sua sorella Maria -soprannominata Bloody Mary- passata alla storia per il suo regime del terrore e le sanguinarie persecuzioni religiose che hanno portato sul rogo migliaia di persone; ma sulle questioni politiche il libro si sofferma ben poco, troverete invece pagine e pagine dedicate ai presunti amanti della regina, i suoi corteggiatori, i possibili mariti che le venivano imposti sulla base dei calcoli politici volti a creare alleanze che avrebbero dovuto allargare i confini dell'Inghilterra. Elizabeth, donna cocciuta e testarda non ha mai piegato la testa di fronte alle necessita' politiche che ritenevano una donna assolutamente incapace di regnare da sola; zittando tutte queste voci Elizabeth ha guidato il suo paese per quarant'anni e lo ha reso l'impero più potente del mondo e dei mari. Ma questo nel libro non c'è scritto: per fortuna avevo studiato storia al liceo.

  • Diana
    2018-12-15 08:13

    Letto subito dopo Enrico VIII, la scrittura si è rivelata come sempre molto fluida, peccato che ci si sia soffermati molto sulla vita privata di questa donna straordinaria, a volte in modo quasi morboso, e molto poco su tutto ciò che ha fatto per l'Inghilterra nei suoi decenni di regno.Appare quasi solo come una donna fragile, viziata e petulante, ma è evidente che per regnare in un mondo tanto difficile (soprattutto per le donne) per così tanti anni debba esserci stato molto altro, sarebbe stato interessante approfondire di più questo aspetto.

  • 92kiaretta
    2018-11-22 05:05

    Eliza is the fairest Queene,That ever trod upon this greene.Elizaes eyes are blessed starres,Inducing peace, subduing warres.Elizaes hand is christal bright,Her wordes are balme, her lookes are light.Elizaes brest is that faire hill,Where Vertue dwels, and sacred skill,O blessed bee each day and houre,Where sweet Eliza builds her bowre.Una biografia stupenda e ben scritta!http://loscaffaledelleswappine.blogsp...

  • vhatos
    2018-11-22 10:55

    Хороша біографія королеви Єлизавети І, дочки Генріха VIII та Анни Болейн, котра довго та успішно правила Англією, вела переможні війни. Була бажаною партією для багатьох принців, але заміж так і не вийшла. Автор описує її дитинство, юність, фаворитів, інтриги...

  • Christie
    2018-12-02 03:11

    First Sentence: "The afternoon sun was already low as the constables and marshals, their hands, took up their stations along the route the royal procession would follow." After reading a biography about Elizabeth I for younger readers I thought I would try an adult biography. This one is pretty good. It reads like a novel. Carolly Erickson is very good at describing people and places and you feel like you are really there. The book does a good job of giving you an idea of what daily life was like in 16th century England. The amount of detail I haven't found in any other books and its a different approach to Elizabeth I's life that I haven't encountered before.There are some issues in the book. The author repeats a lot of things especially in the last few chapters, which makes the book stretch on forever. A lot of information in the book directly contradicts what I have read in other places. The book also focuses mostly on the personal life of the queen and not on the politics of the time. The book also reads like a gossip rag at some points and it seems that the author really wants to show the dark side of Elizabeth's reign while glancing over good things that happened. This wasn't a bad book on Elizabeth I despite its faults. I really enjoyed learning about the queen's daily life and what it was like moving courts around all the time. It gives me a much greater appreciation of the Tudor era.

  • Rowizyx
    2018-11-15 09:54

    Ottimo stile, molto fluente e leggibile. Non è semplice condensare gli anni di una vita così lunga per l'epoca e così piena di fatti e avvenimenti in 350 pagine, tuttavia avrei preferito meno gossip e più attenzione alla politica di Elisabetta. Ad esempio, non è citato l'incontro con Grania O'Malley, e l'Irlanda è vista volando ma non ha secondo me il giusto spazio, considerando quanto il periodo elisabettiano sia stato importante per completare la dominazione inglese sull'isola. Né lo sbarco e l'assedio di Kinsale sono inseriti, considerando che Elisabetta muore lasciando l'Irlanda con un'invasione spagnola in corso... Sicuramente l'isola di smeraldo era una dominazione "minore", però sono anni importanti per la relazione assai complicata tuttora tra le due isole britanniche.La figura regale di Elisabetta un po' si perde nel concentrarsi sulla straordinarietà della sua condizione di regina nubile e sui tanti vari e inutili tentativi di maritarla di qua e di là, mentre mi sono proprio persa il passaggio da giovane regina volenterosa ma mancante di esperienza diplomatica a volpe della politica. Sicuramente è un quadro storico complesso e una donna difficile da riassumere in uno spazio limitato, però meno attenzione ai suoi amanti e più alle sue politiche avrebbero reso il libro più interessante, dal mio punto di vista. O mi sarei letta uno dei mille romanzi pseudo-storici che le attribuiscono figli segreti e relazioni al limite dell'impossibile.

  • Slmcmahon
    2018-11-18 10:10

    What a woman. A princess, a bastard, a brilliant student of the classics as well as of court. She survived plots and conspiracies and her sister's hate to become "Gloriana". She was, a great queen at a time when the world was changing and moving so fast that the game was new before the players left the field. Elizabeth fought the Pope(s), Philip of Spain, a couple of French kings, wooing some on the one hand (not the Pope) while maneuvering with the other her armies and spies in a constant struggle to keep England free from European invasion and interference.Ms. Erickson presents us with the brave and brilliant Elizabeth along side of the not so pretty woman who became England's first Elizabeth. During a time of constant turmoil, Elizabeth, with her band of not so merry men, take a small inconsequential island country and bring it out into the whole wild, wide world. A great story well told.

  • Mike Jensen
    2018-11-23 10:05

    Too bad this is the first bio. of Elizabeth I that I have read. Ms. Erickson is very good on background, such as what people wore at court and the fears caused by the Spanish Armada, but there are many, many times that Ms. Erickson tells us what a character felt or thought when she can not possibly be certain. That, combined with Ms. Erickson's willingness to accept the meanest, most unflattering things said of the Queen when others living at the time and other biographers are unconvinced of this extreme portrait, makes this book untrustworthy. I would respect Ms. Erickson had she given the case both for and against the Queen's "sluttishness," for example, but simply accepting that she was and building on that is bad biography and bad scholarship. I am glad I read the book for the background, but surely I could have found that elsewhere.

  • A.C.
    2018-11-21 03:56

    Carolly Erickson has to be one of the most engaging and sophisticated historical biographers of the last century. After reading Bloody Mary, I knew the next step had to be reading either her book on Elizabeth I or Henry VIII. You learn all sorts of wonderful little facts about medicine, wardrobe, and culture in this book, along with following the life of one of England's most influential rulers. And you witness the brutality and imbalance of life in Elizabethan England - even the haves are often have-nots as well.In spite of the enthusiasm I have for this book, it is not for lightweights or anybody seeking a quick summation of Elizabeth's life. Erickson's penchant for detail can prove a little overwhelming at points, but it is overall a pleasure to read this book.

  • Nichola St. Anthony
    2018-11-24 03:09

    This book inspired the @#$%&!!! out of me.

  • Choam Goldberg
    2018-12-01 05:01

    Documentato è anche documentato, non dico di no. Ma lascia con un dubbio: chi ha messo le fondamenta dell'impero, se la più grande regina inglese era una specie di sciacquetta isterica, vanesia e ondivaga?

  • Kristina Moses
    2018-12-11 03:43

    I really enjoyed the book. It has a great amount of detail, making it read more like a story than a biography. There were even parts of suspense despite knowing the history. The book covered all the way from Elizabeth's birth to death in great detail.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-07 03:48

    Heavy on the court intrigue and events directly surrounding Elizabeth I, with liberal doses of conjecture and speculation. Not much history outside of Elizabeth's immediate area,, but loads about the individuals who make up her counselors, confidantes, and enemies. To be sure, this is not at all a flattering picture of the Queen, but it does show her in a very human light, and for that it's worth the read.

  • Amanda Dickson
    2018-11-23 08:45

    This biography read more like a novel. Very engaging and interesting. I learned a lot about this complex and important figure in history.

  • Ally
    2018-11-25 07:10

    The First Elizabeth is indeed remarkable. The First Elizabeth ruin the glorious image I had of her. When I was back in grade school, my old history teacher talked endlessly about how great and wonderful is Queen Elizabeth I. She defeated this. She defeated that. She's the best Queen of England. She is the Virgin Queen, meaning she never married. She ruled for great years. Queen Elizabeth's sister, Bloody Mary, hated her. Her father, Henry VIII, executed her mother, Anne. Prince Philip underestimated the greatest Queen. And then he spent time mocking the spanish accent of Prince Philip of Spain.The First Elizabeth ruin the beautiful image of a good and beautiful, wise and strong Queen of England in the Elizabethan Era. Carolly Erickson portrays Queen Elizabeth as money-hungry, indecisive, back-stabbing, cruel, and heartless. Queen Elizabeth is recorded of doing this and doing this "sin." (By the church at that time). Queen Elizabeth is recorded of doing some nasty stuff. The book even called Queen Elizabeth a "whore." What do I think? This is what I think: "History is written by the victors." It is truly hard to understand what happen at that time. As said in The First Elizabeth, the Queen of England is a master of deception and faking emotions. Her true feelings are hidden by lies and false covers. Queen Elizabeth may or may not be a money-hungry, indecisive, back-stabbing, cruel, and heartless Queen. I can however, believe that Queen Elizabeth wore a lot of makeup. After all, we all want to keep up the illusion of beauty and youth. We can guess the feelings of Queen Elizabeth I, but the evidence of what she had done will never fade until they are forgotten. The unique painting and description of Queen Elizabeth certainly tells part of her story, but not all of it. Because some parts of the story is lost and forgotten in time. Carolly Erickson has done a wonderful job of painting Queen Elizabeth. She kept me entertained through the five hundred pages.Rating: Four out of Five

  • Pietro
    2018-12-09 06:07

    La sposa d'InghilterraElisabetta I è sicuramente uno dei personaggi storici più affascinanti e intriganti di tutti i tempi. Le leggende e i pettegolezzi sulla sua persona, già ampiamente diffusi quando sedeva sul trono, col passare dei secoli non hanno potuto che crescere mitizzandone la figura. La sua leggendaria riluttanza al matrimonio è una della caratteristiche che più l'hanno connotata, facendola passare alla storia come The Virgin Queen (assai improbabile visto i numerosi giovani prediletti che nel corso degli anni provvidero a scaldare il suo letto). Carolly Erickson, esperta conoscitrice della dinastia Tudor, ha deluso le mie aspettative scrivendo una biografia superficiale, più incline a riferire pettegolezzi e sussurri di corte anziché illustrare le politiche della Regina e le numerose battaglie domestiche e internazionali. Il regno di Elisabetta durò 45 anni (record battuto solo da Vittoria con i suoi 63 anni di reame) e già la mole del libro tradisce qualche mancanza: interi capitoli sono dedicati esclusivamente al tedioso problema della successione al trono o alle cronache delle lenzuola reali, di chi le visitò e di chi invece non lasciò traccia. La figura di Elisabetta è ridotta a quella di una donnina frivola e lussuriosa, estremamente vanitosa e capace di miserabili ripicche nei confronti delle dame che la superavano in bellezza. Questi dettagli, che inseriti in un quadro più approfondito possono anche risultare molto interessanti, assumono il ruolo principale in questa biografia. L'autrice non fa parola dell'influenza reale sulla cultura dell'epoca, gli accenni alle importanti decisioni politiche sono sempre frettolosi e mal riportati, le leggendarie battaglie relegate in poche pagine avare di dettagli e analisi.Per chi volesse conoscere cosa fu davvero il regno della grande Elisabetta consiglio di cercare testi più autorevoli, o che almeno riescano ad unire pettegolezzo di corte a una valida analisi storica, cosa che purtroppo la Erickson non è riuscita a fare.

  • Silvia
    2018-12-01 05:44

    Elisabetta vive lontana da corte da quando sua madre, Anna Bolena, è stata giustiziata. Dalla morte del padre, Enrico VIII, sul trono inglese siede il giovane Edoardo dalla salute assai cagionevole e, difatti, in seguito alla precoce morte del re protestante diviene regina Maria, moglie di Filippo II di Spagna, che restaurerà in Inghilterra il cattolicesimo attraverso una cruenta lotta contro l’eresia protestante. I rapporti tra le due sorelle sono particolarmente tesi, poiché la fervente cattolica non accetta un’erede protestante. Tuttavia, alla morte della sovrana senza figli, sarà proprio Elisabetta a succederle.L’opera ripercorre tutte le vicende che portarono all’incoronazione della giovane Elisabetta e descrive dettagliatamente il lungo regno della “regina vergine”.L’epoca nella quale Elisabetta regna è un’epoca particolarmente difficile per l’Inghilterra. I complicati rapporti con la Scozia, la presenza di Maria Stuarda nel territorio inglese, le lotte di religione e i numerosi tentativi di invasione da parte delle grandi potenze straniere assorbono tutte le energie della nubile sovrana.L’autrice alterna queste intricate vicende storiche con il racconto degli usi e costumi tipici della corte elisabettiana e fornisce un ampio ritratto della regina. Elisabetta è un personaggio assai complesso. Da un lato ella potrebbe sembrare una donna moderna. Il suo carattere forte e determinato dinanzi alle ragioni di Stato non le impedisce di governare come un uomo pur essendo una donna. Dall’altro lato ella è una figura fragile che vive in solitudine, che rifiuta il matrimonio e preferisce l’intimita dei rapporti con amanti occasionali che eleva a ruoli di prestigio. Con la sua morte, avvenuta nel 1603, l’Inghilterra vedrà la fine non solo di una dinastia, ma, soprattutto, di un’epoca storica.Carolly Erickson regala ai suoi lettori una preziosa opera di testimonianza e lo fa servendosi di uno stile fluido, diretto e leggero cosicché l’opera possa essere letta da tutti coloro i quali ammirano la ormai mitica figura della grande Elisabetta Tudor.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-22 04:08

    I was a bit skeptical about this book at first. On only the second page, Erickson refers to Anne Boleyn as having the marks of scrofula on her neck at her coronation. Now, this is something I have not read before. I've read about the mole, and possibily a goitre, but not scrofula, which is Tuberculosis in the neck lymph nodes. This lead me to be a bit skeptical of further information I might come across, but this was really the only startling thing. In fact, having read a lot about Elizabeth I, this book ended up being quite refreshing. There were lots of small facts mentioned about the way of live, the organizational nightmare of running a Court, the progresses, the fashions, even the details about the fitting of the Spanish Armada. It was not a dry read full of political maneuverings, but a more intimate look at how Elizabeth and those about her lived. However it did seem a bit rushed at the end. The Earl of Essex and his rise and fall don't take up much of the book at all, in fact the time from the triumph over the Spanish Armada to her death were covered very quickly. Well worth the read for some interesting gems of information.

  • Giornata_di_sole
    2018-12-03 11:04

    Nel testo e’ ben delineata la vita della corte inglese…con la minuziosa descrizione dei palazzi reali ,dei viaggi della regina e del numerosissimo “staff” al suo servizio..La prosa e’ scorrevole,anche se in alcuni punti diventa prolissa...non mancano i dettagli e le curiosita’..Elisabetta viene presentata come una sovrana forte, autoritaria, saggia,estremamente colta,che fu in grado di fronteggiare rivolte interne e invasioni da parte di altre potenze europee..non manca ,pero’, il lato piu’ umano della regina..con i suoi sbalzi d’umore,la vanita’,le frivolezze,la paura del tempo che passa,l’amore..l’amore duraturo,sofferto ,per certi versi ricambiato ma comunque sempre sacrificato alla “ragion di stato” per Robert Dudley.Ho trovato molto più interessanti i capitoli dedicati all’infanzia e all’adolescenza di Elisabetta, con la rivoluzione religiosa in atto e le aspre lotte per la successione..

  • Judy Goldich
    2018-12-05 03:12

    Quite readable. Sadly that is the extent of the virtues of this tome. However, fair or balanced it is not: to the extent that the author has a point of view, it is as apologist for the atrocities of her sister's unfortunate rule. The two chapter diversion into the details of a progress, the limited summary of the relationship with Mary Queen of Scots, the flyover of the relationship with Spain, make me wonder if the same person wrote the entire volume. Incessant repeating of court gossip concerning the queen's libido betrays the fact that the author appears to have nothing else to tell us. No matter what the author might claim--a complete failure to grasp either the nature of or the challenges faced by the queen. I understand Ms. Ericsson has moved on from biography to fiction. That's probably where she belongs: in cheap sensationalist fiction. The kind some people refer to as bodice rippers.

  • Saltlakecityhardys
    2018-11-14 08:43

    My sister picked this up at a thrift store for me. I have a curiosity about English royalty and this book gave me a great taste of it. This fascinating biography brings Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter’s story to life. She was a “modern” woman having many men but never marrying. Extremely intelligent, a politician through and through, loud, and vain, she drove her all male council crazy, and did as she saw fit. I’m grateful to have been born in 1963 in the USA. Life was hard and dangerous (disease and treachery) for a person at court, let alone a humble servant in the English countryside. The author tells the story of her life in documented detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although long, it was a worthwhile read.

  • Diana
    2018-11-16 07:45

    Reread for a paper on the Tudor period in my British Literature class. I have to admit I enjoy this author's books. While there are multiple books out there on the subject, I did find a few things that while familiar to me since I had read the book before, I do not remember reading about them in other books. I am a huge fan of books about the Tudor dynasty and these biographies got me started many years ago in wanting to know more, and eventually leading me to become a history major. Are there newer books on the subject, yes. Have there been new discoveries about the time period and the people in it, definitely. They are still very enjoyable books even though there may be a few things slightly "wrong" due to new information coming to light.

  • Vesper
    2018-11-24 07:56

    This was one of those non-fiction biographies that read more like a story than most. I found it hard to put down because the characters were nicely fleshed-out and events well-paced. Ms Erickson did accomplish this partly by including how Elizabeth and others likely felt about and reacted to other people and incidents; but, while the distinctions between such speculation and documented historical facts were subtle, they were not difficult to separate. The citations and footnotes were thorough. 4.5 stars

  • Avis Gill
    2018-11-17 05:00

    I love anything connected with the Tudor history (fact or fictional).So far, it gives you a glimpse of Elizabeth as a living, breathing & flirtatious woman.Her half sister, Mary (who became Queen of Scots) is also in this book and gives an insite into their relationship. Having finished this book, I gave it a 5 star rating. The details and writting made you feel as if you were actually witnessing all the events. Elizabeth has traits of both her father and her mother. And she relishes her power over her subjects, the men in her life and anyone who dares get in her way!

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2018-11-19 05:00

    I read this back when I was in high school along with a couple of this author's other works. I enjoyed this book nearly as much as I enjoyed her bio on Marie Antoinette. But that doesn't mean that this book is at all a bad read. While Ms. Erickson does speculate quite a bit, much like she did for her book one Anne Boleyn, the way she speculated helped to make this book a more real read, rather than just a dry book of various sources and excerpts and the like. I honestly enjoyed this book a lot.

  • Lyl Lyl
    2018-11-18 04:59

    Elizabeth the First is my historical hero, so I had to read the book, or any book, about her. This one I loved because it did not repeat detail after detail about world history, and focused more on the woman and her life, her interactions. She certainly was pivotal to history, and did certainly impact it, but this is a book more about things that impacted the Queen herself. It is written with a bit of bias, but other than that, excellent if you want to know more about Elizabeth's day to day.

  • Kari
    2018-11-18 04:05

    A really good edition to the literature on Elizabeth I, which is slowly mounting up to rather a lot! Erickson gives a very detailed and well written account of Elizabeth's reign, showing the complexities of her character and the methods she employed to keep control over squabbling factions and the court in general. A rich and vivid account, Erickson brings to life the court of Elizabeth and the lives of those around her.

  • Barbara Stevens
    2018-12-03 03:56

    This book was well written and very informative. It was a true to life depiction of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. I have been quite fascinated by her and after reading this book, I can appreciate her reign and the hardships of those times. I also see her as a real person with faults and peculiarities of her own. My appetite for information of that time period has not been satisfied. I must keep reading more:)

  • Amy
    2018-11-27 07:58

    What I liked about this book was that it gave Elizabeth more of a personality. It told a little more about her day to day living and the way she treated those around her. It was a less academic read then some of the books I've tackled about Elizabeth I. Other times I was disappointed in the failure of detail--like the death of Mary Queen of Scots, and the death of the Earl of Leicester. All in all I thought it was an interesting read on a woman who I continue to be fascinated by.