Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quick Review: "Elizabeth of York" by Alison Weir

From Goodreads:  Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.

My Thoughts:  Let me preface this by saying, I love Alison Weir and will read anything she writes.  However, I struggled to get through this book.  I think Elizabeth of York is a fascinating historical figure so I was really hoping for an enjoyable read but I got a kind of dry, slow read instead.  This definitely wasn't one of those works of non-fiction that read as easily as fiction does.  There seemed to be almost too many details about things I didn't care about; at one point there were pages and pages of a song written about Elizabeth.   It felt at times that there wasn't enough information to write a full length book.  

 There isn't a whole lot known about Elizabeth's life that is 100 percent fact so I always find it interesting to see what different writers opinion of her is.  There isn't a lot of information that I hadn't seen before though some of Weir's claims are new (at least to me).  Overall, an okay read.  3 stars.

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