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Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen

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A book by Tracy Borman

Starred Review. Borman (King's Mistress) recreates the life, times, and key relationships of one of the most iconic women in history: Elizabeth I. Although Elizabeth is famous for deriding her sex and flirting publicly with favorites like Robert Dudley, … see full wiki

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Author: Tracy Borman
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History
Publisher: Bantam
1 review about Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, and...

Interesting look at female influences on Elizabeth I

  • Nov 18, 2010
This is the second Tudor history book I've read this month, and this was by far the more enjoyable. I've read a lot of books (fiction and non-fiction) about Elizabeth but never one like this that focused on the women who surrounded the Virgin Queen and helped shape her views on life and leadership. Though the cast of characters is huge, and many of them share names, Borman did a good job of helping the reader keep track and differentiating between the Janes and Katherines that populated Elizabeth's world. One weakness that I see is that Borman assumes a level of knowledge about the history of the time that makes it clear this book is not for the uninitiated. That said, anyone who has read a couple of books about Elizabeth will have no problem following the action. All in all, an interesting and innovative treatment of a much analyzed figure in history.

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