The new novel from the author of the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling Innocent Traitor.
Alison Weir was already one of Britain’s most popular historians when she wrote her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which hit the Sunday Times bestseller list to a chorus of praise. Now, in her second novel, Alison Weir goes to the heart of Tudor England at its most dangerous and faction-riven in telling the story of Elizabeth I before she became queen.
The towering capricious figure of Henry VIII dominates her childhood, but others play powerful roles: Mary, first a loving sister, then as queen a lethal threat; Edward, the rigid and sad little King; Thomas Seymour, the Lord High Admiral, whose ambitions, both political and sexual, are unbridled. And, an ever-present ghost, the enigmatic, seductive figure of her mother Anne Boleyn, executed by Henry, whose story Elizabeth must unravel.
Elizabeth learns early that the adult world contains many threats that have to be negotiated if she is to keep her heart and her head.
“This novel takes us into a very plausible and frightening 16th-century world... Can Elizabeth survive? Well, you know the answer but this Tudor thriller is so exciting that you find yourself amazed that she did.”
“This enjoyable novel by a popular historian tells the story of Elizabeth I before she became Queen... She emerges as a thoughtful, wise, precocious and likeable survivor. The novel is meticulously researched and convincingly captures the intimate details of the future Monarch's daily life.”
Mail on Sunday
“Weir employs contemporary gossip to intriguing effect. With a style that casts even Philippa Gregory's stately gavottes in a dashing new light, Weir convinces with her scholarly grasp”
“Weir's Elizabeth is nuanced and enchanting, and the author lends a refreshing perspective to well-known characters and events... [An] entertaining look into the rarely explored life of one of England's most fascinating characters”
“[A] compelling, even irresistible read... Weir offers an exceptionally perceptive as well as imaginative interpretation of the most significant monarch in English history”
Booklist (starred review)