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Queen of This Realm [EPUB] ✰ Queen of This Realm Author Jean Plaidy – Thomashillier.co.uk In this memoir by Elizabeth I legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy reveals the Virgin ueen as she truly was the bewildered motherless child of an all powerful father a captive in theTower of Lond In this memoir by Elizabeth I legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy reveals the Virgin ueen as she truly was the bewildered motherless child of an all powerful father a captive in theTower of London a shrewd politician a lover of the arts and eventually an icon of an era It is the story of her improbable rise to power and the great triumphs of her reign the end of religious bloodshed thesettling of the New World the defeat of the Spanish Armada Brilliantly clever a scholar with a ready wit she was Queen of Kindle - also vain bold and unpredictable a ueen who commanded and won absolute loyalty from those aroundher But in these pages in her own voice Elizabeth also recounts the emotional turmoil of her life the loneliness of power the heartbreak of her lifelong love affair with Robert Dudley whom shecould never marry and the terrible guilt of ordering the execution of her cousin Mary ueen of Scots In this unforgettable novel Elizabeth emerges as one of the most fascinating and controversial women in history andas England s greatest monarch From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • ebook
  • 480 pages
  • Queen of This Realm
  • Jean Plaidy
  • English
  • 06 October 2015
  • 0307497453

About the Author: Jean Plaidy

Eleanor Alice Burford Mrs George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about historical novels most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold million copies by the time of her death She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books the best known apart from Plaidy are Victoria Holt million and Philippa Carr million Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Queen of Kindle - Tate Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities Wikipedia.



10 thoughts on “Queen of This Realm

  1. Gary Gary says:

    I have read a dozen historical novels about Queen Elizabeth I, and this one is by far the best.Comprehensively researched, richly detailed and written in an exciting and vibrant manner, there is not an aspect of Elizabeth s life that the author does not touch on.From her childhood trauma at the execution of her mother when she was three and Elizabeth being branded as a bastard through to her precarious hold onto her life while she came under danger during the reigns of her father, brother and I have read a dozen historical novels about Queen Elizabeth I, and this one is by far the best.Comprehensively researched, richly detailed and written in an exciting and vibrant manner, there is not an aspect of Elizabeth s life that the author does not touch on.From her childhood trauma at the execution of her mother when she was three and Elizabeth being branded as a bastard through to her precarious hold onto her life while she came under danger during the reigns of her father, brother and sister.Wonderful examination of her sexual exploitation by her stepfather Sir Thomas Seymour, how she escaped death under the reign of her elder half sister Bloody Mary, as illustrated by her carving of the words Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner into a window at Woodstock Manor.The book well illustrates what shaped Elizabeth into the cunning and wily, and vain but not unmerciful ruler.It explores her deep love for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her life soul mate,of whom even he, she would not marry, determined to share her throne with no one also her fascination and adoration of the vain and foolish young Earl of Leicester who she was forced to have executed after his attempts to depose her.Her religious convictions are shown to be of expedience she would choose the faith her subjects wanted England to be governed by, which was why she was a Protestant in a fervently Protestant England, reeling from the horrors of Mary I s attempt to transfer the Spanish Inquisition to England.The book is sympathetic to Elizabeth, nothing like Philippa Gregory s vilification of her, but at the same time does not gloss over her faults.It portrays her great guilt at the execution of Mary queen of Scots and her finest hour in rallying England to defend her shores and win the great victory against the Spanish Armada that threatened her realm and the freedom of her people the Spanish ships carried devices of torture designed to bring all of the horrors of the Inquisition to England.Great characterization, realistic and yet fascinating and gripping True to form of one of Jean Plaidy who with 50 intriguing title to her name, remains one of the greatest historical novelists of English historyWell worth the time and effort

  2. Lois Lois says:

    This was interesting enough but dated.

  3. Michele Michele says:

    Historical fiction at its best Jean Plaidy who is also about ten other people, including Victoria Holt, Queen of the Governess Gothic not only writes great dialog and interesting plot but actually does her research This is a top notch example of how engrossing real history can be a bit stilted, perhaps, for those accustomed to the lusty nekkidness of The Tudors or the teen angst soap opera that is Reign, but if you prefer your history accurate rather than spicy, you ll be most pleased Historical fiction at its best Jean Plaidy who is also about ten other people, including Victoria Holt, Queen of the Governess Gothic not only writes great dialog and interesting plot but actually does her research This is a top notch example of how engrossing real history can be a bit stilted, perhaps, for those accustomed to the lusty nekkidness of The Tudors or the teen angst soap opera that is Reign, but if you prefer your history accurate rather than spicy, you ll be most pleased

  4. Oriana Oriana says:

    When I was invited to write a review about a book by Jane Plaidy, I readily accepted I had heard so much about the author but never really had the chance to read any of her works Queen of this Realm seemed like a good choice for this first experience, since the charismatic Elizabeth I, queen of England is one of my favorite historic figures.The book opens with Elizabeth s troubled childhood Daughter of the all powerful Henri VIII and the attractive Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth When I was invited to write a review about a book by Jane Plaidy, I readily accepted I had heard so much about the author but never really had the chance to read any of her works Queen of this Realm seemed like a good choice for this first experience, since the charismatic Elizabeth I, queen of England is one of my favorite historic figures.The book opens with Elizabeth s troubled childhood Daughter of the all powerful Henri VIII and the attractive Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth was only 3 years old, we sense how this child grew insecure of her place into her father affections and how deeply she was scarred by her mother s destiny and her illegitimacy Raised by governesses, servants and stepmothers like Katherine Parr , we follow her life through the years, watching her slowly becoming the woman who gave her name to her time the Elizabethan era The struggle between Protestants and Catholics create an unstable situation in England aggravated by Edward VI s death and Mary s ascension to the throne These were hard times for the future queen who had to spend a year in prison after being accused several times of plotting against her sister s life.After Mary s early death, she finally accedes to the throne, to the joy of the English people who were much in love for their princess As a young queen 25 years old , many were those who wanted to see her settle down and giving an heir to the country Elizabeth decides to do exactly the opposite she will be married to her people and will rule without a man by her side Of course, this didn t stop her to have several suitors over the years, mainly due to diplomatic reasons.The later years come in a rush with the victory over the Invincible Armada, the sudden death of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester or even the queen s tempestuous relationship with the deeply annoying Robert Deveraux, the stepson of Dudley.I have to confess I was not expecting much from this book in terms of historical accuracy, since I heard the author is known to sometimes romanticize History For what I previously read about Elizabeth I, these 400 pages are a fair account of her life, which is not an easy task to do in such a short length or even write as a memoir Of course, several important moments are rushed in a few lines, it was almost expected I m nonetheless impressed that Plaidy still managed to pull it off so elegantly Now I wish I had her entire backlist at home I particularly enjoyed reading about the queen s relationship with Robert Dudley, how they met as children in court, found themselves imprisoned at the same time at the Tower and later built a very complex relationship that resisted during 30 years to everything and everyone treasons, cheating, disputes, banishments I was never very fond of Robert, I can actually understand Elizabeth s fascination for him, but he really never wins my affections.My favorite moments were mostly the portraits of some of Elizabeth s pairs or close family, like Jane Grey, so insecure and innocent and clearly a puppet in the hands of the ambitious John Dudley, duke of Northumberland The poor child looks just like a little lamb sent to the slaughter The fatherly figure of Lord Cecil who always admired his young queen and wanted the best for her, even if she sometimes strongly disagreed with his opinions, is very touching He is always there for her, no matter what I confess the scene when he gets ill and is lying in his bed talking with Elizabeth brought some tears to my eyes.In the other hand, I missed to readabout Walsingham He always fascinated me and I was quite disappointed to see that if he is mentioned here and there, we don t know much about him or even quite see how crucial his role was during Elizabeth s reign We end up knowingabout his daughter and her hidden affair and consequent marriage to the spoiled Robert Deveraux.Mary, Queen of the Scots is described almost as I imagined her pretty, attractive but probably not suited to rule and certainly not a match for her intelligent cousin, Elizabeth After 18 years living as a captive in England, she was becoming a liability and a threat After collecting enough evidence of Mary s treason and plots against his queen, Walsingham, along with other advisors, convinced Elizabeth of the necessity to bring Mary to a trial and an execution Elizabeth s fears and hesitation clearly show she knew how delicate the situation was any wrong decision could gain her the displeasure of her beloved people and overthrow her She readily admitted ruling by popular consent and valued the advice of the parliament and her counselors.Something that deeply annoyed me was the frequent pinching and slapping given by Bess to her ladies in waiting and even her favorites She is indeed known by her mercurial temper, especially in her older years but making her punish physically and constantly everyone around her gives her a childish behavior that seems far from her personality, even as a child.A subject much discussed about Elizabeth was her virginity Plaidy preferred to follow the queen s reputation and the iconic and virginal image she built to herself but other biographies do mention she had certainly some affairs Some even suggest Thomas Seymour ravished her when she was an adolescent and living with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, leaving her somehow traumatized for her future amorous experiences.While rushing some important parts of Elizabeth I life, I do find this Queen of this Realm an excellent debut for anyone who would like to know this queen a little better Jean Plaidy gives us an intelligent, empathic and very astute Elizabeth who learned since early age how to reach for her goals with patience and insight She s not a model of perfection or sainthood, she can be vain and egocentric but she was an inspiration to the men and women of her time and even today she continues to fascinate us Elizabeth I was certainly a woman ahead of her time.As I mentioned before, this is my first Plaidy and certainly not the last Thank you ladies of the Historical Tapestry for giving me this opportunity to discover another great author.Grade 4.5 5 Posted at Historical Tapestry during the Jean Plaidy season

  5. Cynthia Scott Cynthia Scott says:

    I would rank this book as five star as a historical book, but as three star for general reading pleasure There were quite a few instances when incidents were reported repeatedly as background to new events too often and too many It seemed almost as if many chapters were meant to be free standing stories.The material was very accurate and the whole of Elizabeth s life as an adult reported very well.

  6. Cindy Heaton Cindy Heaton says:

    The best word I can think to describe this book is tedious Elizabeth I is a very interesting person and her life story should not have been all about her relationship with men I found no strength of character and she appeared to be a ding bat teen in her emotional relationships up until her death Elizabeth speaks of her beloved Robert endlessly Which might be ok except she says the same thing page after page I could almost marry him todaybut I can t And she also goes on and on about The best word I can think to describe this book is tedious Elizabeth I is a very interesting person and her life story should not have been all about her relationship with men I found no strength of character and she appeared to be a ding bat teen in her emotional relationships up until her death Elizabeth speaks of her beloved Robert endlessly Which might be ok except she says the same thing page after page I could almost marry him todaybut I can t And she also goes on and on about how she surrounds herself with handsome men at court who are all in love with her and who must show her that love and pretty much court her forever because she can t ever marry, but she wants to be loved You get the picture Where was all the interesting spy stuff Mary Queen of Scotland Oh she was there, but in the same way as Elizabeth spoke of the men She should kill her, but not today because she really doesn t want to be remembered for killing another Queen The first person voice used to tell this tale was the wrong fit

  7. Colleen Earle Colleen Earle says:

    Enjoyed reading this book.Read like a memoir.Seems fairly historically accurate The only thing I questioned was her and Robert s relationship as I found the he was the focus of the book instead of her reign.Would be interested in reading other books from this series and the others that Plaidy has written.

  8. Sulie Sulie says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and my introduction to Jean Plaidy. This is the first novel of hers that I have read and it WON T be the last. she details the Virgin Queen s story extremely well in this novel, it is very easy to read and extremely hard to put down. the facts wrapped in fiction are incredible and it shows how brave and intelligent Elizabeth was at several dangerous and perilous points in her ascension to the throne and during her rein. it also details well the strong bonds sh I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and my introduction to Jean Plaidy. This is the first novel of hers that I have read and it WON T be the last. she details the Virgin Queen s story extremely well in this novel, it is very easy to read and extremely hard to put down. the facts wrapped in fiction are incredible and it shows how brave and intelligent Elizabeth was at several dangerous and perilous points in her ascension to the throne and during her rein. it also details well the strong bonds she had with some members of her court, particularly her trusted advisor, William Cecil and how she sacrificed love and made the bold move to never marry so she could rule unimpeded and devoted herself to England

  9. LibraryCin LibraryCin says:

    3.75 stars This one is about Elizabeth I This is only the second Plaidy I ve read, but it seems that they are very detailed Which is very interesting, but at times I found it a little long which is why I didn t give it the full 4 stars Sometimes it s hard to think that the book is fiction Obviously, with the dialogue and such, it is, but I m thinking that most of what she describes actually did happen, and Plaidy doesn t seem to play up the rumours They are mentioned, but in the book, th 3.75 stars This one is about Elizabeth I This is only the second Plaidy I ve read, but it seems that they are very detailed Which is very interesting, but at times I found it a little long which is why I didn t give it the full 4 stars Sometimes it s hard to think that the book is fiction Obviously, with the dialogue and such, it is, but I m thinking that most of what she describes actually did happen, and Plaidy doesn t seem to play up the rumours They are mentioned, but in the book, they are just rumours

  10. Shelley Shelley says:

    I have read other books by Plaidy but they were not this tedious She managed to reduce this powerful, fascinating woman down to just her idolatry of men I am sure that factored into her reign, but I didn t need almost 600 pages on it to the exclusion of her policies and masterful leadership.

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