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 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.
Overall, while Erickson is great at engaging the reader with her lively writing style, she doesn't portray a throughout and accurate (she does rely too much on gossip sometimes) of Elizabeth I and her reign. I would recommend The First Elizabeth to those who don't much about the Queen, but Tudor buffs may want to avoid it cos it's a very synthetic biography of Elizabeth I and doesn't really say anything they don't already know and no new (nor old) theory is really discussed.
About the author
Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina�s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.