Queen of This Realm: The Tudor Queens (Queens of England, #2)

ISBN: 0609810200
ISBN 13: 9780609810200
By: Jean Plaidy

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In this "memoir" by Elizabeth I, legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy reveals the Virgin Queen as she truly was: the bewildered, motherless child of an all-powerful father; a captive in the Tower 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, the settling of the New World, the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Brilliantly clever, a scholar with a ready wit, she was also vain, bold, and unpredictable, a queen who commanded -- and won -- absolute loyalty from those around her.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 she could never marry; and the terrible guilt of ordering the execution of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. In this unforgettable novel, Elizabeth emerges as one of the most fascinating and controversial women in history, and as England's greatest monarch.

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So far, I am finding the book pretty readable...and it is not always easy for me to get through a book about Elizabeth. Phillipa Gregory is probably the only author who has written a book about her that I've been able to finish.While Plaidy is not as juicy a writer as Gregory, I find her books easy to read and educational (with a grain of historical fiction salt). From the recent publications of her Queens series, I've worked my way down from Eleanor of Acquitaine in chronological order. All of her heroines are given a distinct voice which sets their personalities apart.


Inhalt:Elisabeth I., geliebt, gehasst, verraten... Als 2 Tochter Heinrichs VIII. war sie nichts viel wert. Ein Sohn musste her, dafür heiratete Heinrich VIII. 6 Ehefrauen, und eine gebar ihm den gewünschten Sohn. Mit 3 Jahren als illegetim erklärt, mit 25 geliebte Königin Englands. 45 Jahre hat sie als Alleinregendin auf dem Thron Englands gesessen. Ihr leben Lang hat Elisabeth nur eine Liebe gehabt, Robert Dudley, den sie niemals heiraten darf. Elisabeth schafft es während ihrer Regendschaft, die schlimmen Erinnerungen an die Inquisition zu verbannen, aber sie konnte diese mildern. Ihr war es wichtig, Frieden im Lande zu haben, weshalb es ihr auch schwer fiel den Gerichtsbeschluss für die Hinrichtung Maria Stuard zu unterschreiben. Sie war sowieso sehr gefühlsbetont, besonders wenn es um Verwande ihrer Mutter, Anne Boylen, ging. Schönheit war ihr besonders wichtig, weshalb sie sich nur mit Frauen und Männern "geschmückt" hatte, die besonders hübsch waren. Doch ihr absoluter Liebling war ihre große Liebe, ihm verzieh sie alles. Elisabeth starb alleine in ihrem Schloß, denn all ihre Freunde und enge Vertraute starben vor ihr.Meinung:Jean Plaidy hat ein atemberaubendes Buch geschrieben. Auch wenn ich selten Zeit hatte mehr als 10 Seiten zu lesen (weil ich halb drüber eingeschlafen bin auf Grund der Uhrzeit), ich habe so gut mit Elizabeth mitfühlen können, wie sie sich gefühlt hatte unter ihrem Vater, dessen einziges Ziel es war einen männlichen Thronerben zu bekommen. Das Buch bekommt von mir 5/5 Bücher


It was a good book just it was very very long. Also I didn't like how she kept addressing the same people by different names, yes I understand they were given new titles and everything but it just made everything much more confusing if she is talking to Deverouex one minute and then Essex the next when it was the same person.


I enjoyed this take on Elizabeth I by Jean Plaidy. A different perspective than other authors I have read and I found it plausible and highly researched. The second part of the book had a much slower and challenging pace, but overall the book kept my attention.Look forward to more Plaidy Tudor reads.


I thought this was an excellent historical romance. I love reading about Queen Elizabeth I and thought this book was a wonderful story, partially including real history, but also always touching on the missed romances that Elizabeth had through out her reign. I like the way that Jean Plaidy writes. Her written voice is easy to follow, exciting, and educating. She includes not only the romance realm, but also insight into the politics of her reign and never-ending fight for her crown by usurpers, foreign princes, and distant family members. It is an insightful read about Elizabeth’s inner voice and emotional turmoil that she endured throughout her reign.

Edward Creter

"You can't control an independent heart."--Sting.In the case of Queen Elizabeth I, it's absolutely true.Queen Liz has beeen the subject of non-fiction books, fictional works, a mystery series and some very popular movies, two of which showcase the ravishing Cate Blanchett as her Majesty. But I think Queen of this Realm by Lady Jean Plaidy takes us more into her heart and shows us the woman behind the crown 'cos it tells the story from her perspective as if she's writing her own auto-bio. It's an amazing life she led! Queen Liz was put away in a tower by her sister, Queen Mary Stuart, who sees her as a threat to her throne of power. When Queen Mary dies, Liz takes over bigtime, ruling all of England by herself with the Grace and Dignity of her station. She's arrogant, manipulative and vaingloriou and often suffers delusions of her grandeur, yet she's also surprisingly human, as she loses trusted friends, often by her own hand, and pays a heavy price. Thru it all she remains a dominant force for her peopel and is true inspiration for men AND women of all ages to this day. It's time to give honor where it's long overdue. This Queen will rock you! Long live the Queen!


This is my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It might just be due to the fact that I’ve read so many novels and histories about Elizabeth I that any others I read need to be truly magnificent so that they stand out from the crowd. This novel is par for the course for Plaidy- an extensive re-telling of the life of one of history’s most popular figures.It just didn’t do anything for me. I thought maybe I was getting sick of Plaidy because I’ve been reading so much of her lately, but the novel I’m reading now by Plaidy is much more to my liking. I recommend this novel to lovers of Plaidy’s novels but Elizabeth-lovers and Tudorphiles might be disappointed by it if they haven’t read it already. I’d recommend skipping it unless you’re in the mood for a light and fluffy read.


I do love Plaidy's historical fiction - she puts so much life into her stories. This is not to mention that her research is much more accurate than some popular authors I will not name.Queen of This Realm goes as far back as "Elizabeth" can remember in her life, the first memory being of her mother desperately trying to get the king to acknowledge her, just days before Anne's execution. As it follows along on the road of her life, you get a sense of the human behind the legendary title. She really was a fascinating person.


This is another one of those times I REALLY wish that Goodreads had a 1/2 star rating. I would give this a solid 3 1/2. Mainly because of the ending. This book could really only be considered fiction because Plaidy gets inside of Elizabeth's head. She doesn't from the first person POV and, of course, we could never really know what was going on in Elizabeth's head so it has to be fiction. I'm sure a lot of the conversation are interpretative, but I bet they're pretty close to what was said.Plaity did her research and, as a reader, I really appreciate that. I think she got the moods of Elizabeth just right. Yes, she was a powerful ruler who loved, and was loved by, her people. She hated war, had her favorites and tried to do everything she could for England. But she was temperamental. She threw temper-tantrums when she didn't get her way or when people didn't do things exactly as she wanted. She manipulated the people around her, people who loved her, so that she could have the thrill of the chase but never have to actually be caught. Part of that was indeed politics, but part of that was just her own vanity, and Elizabeth was the vainest of them all.My main complaint with Plaity is that she had a hard time keeping my interest. Elizabeth is exciting! During both her youth and Mary's reign, her life was constantly in danger. And, truth be told, that danger never really came across the pages to me. Elizabeth was also a brilliant politician and, while I did get that sense from Plaity, I didn't get the excitement and the true genius the woman really was.However, the thing about Plaity that really warmed me to this book was the ending and, as we all know, a good ending can really save a book. The Spanish/English battle on the seas was a HUGE win for the English because it basically established that the English, not the Spanish, were the dominant force on the ocean. Not something to be taken lightly since Spain had been the strong arm of Europe for so long. Elizabeth gave this most beautiful speech to her troops before hand (which, you can find in its entirety here. I highly recommend reading it. Politicians could really take a page out of this woman's book.) Plaity actually included this speech in her book, which I loved. I loved that she kept things like this because it made the book that much more real. When Plaity talked about the battle, everything leading up to it and what was happening, everything in the battle, you couldn't help but be drawn into the excitement. I mean, I KNEW what was going to happen. I KNEW the English were going to win. I KNEW the Spanish were going to get their butts handed to them on a platter. But that didn't stop me from eating up every word.Plaity also brought us through enormous grief after this. Elizabeth was an old woman by the time this happen (well, old for her time.) She was in her late 40s to her early 50s. All of her friends and councilors and the men and people she loved most began to leave her life. It was really a heartbreaking thing to read, because you realize everyone she held dear left her. She lived to 69 (really, a remarkable age for that time period. I believe mostly due to her regiment of cleanliness.) but those around her began much sooner, starting with Robert Dudley and ending with William Cecil.I really liked how Plaity handled Dudley. The most scandle surrounds him and throughout history there has been a "did they/didn't they" around the two. And while I do think he was the one man the Queen did truly romantically love, I don't think they ever consummated that love. Elizabeth was all about the power, all about holding onto that power and making sure SHE was the one who ruled her country, not someone else. It was why she never married. She could never suffer being ruled by a man, or having to share the sovereignty with a man.I don't think she could have ever allowed a man to bed her, and Plaity takes that approach also. Bedding is just another form of male domination and Elizabeth was resoundingly against that. No man would have any power over her. What's more, I don't believe she would ever risk an affair. Liaisons with men meant a possible pregnancy. Pregnancies are something that can't be hidden. Becoming pregnant would forever diminish her power and she would not have taken that kind of risk.But it was still heartbreaking to see Dudley die. She loved him dearly and he was the first to leave her. Plaity thinks her grief caused her to make mistakes later when it came to some of Dudley's family.Cecil was always the one that upset me the most. Cecil was with her from early on, even when Mary was on the throne. He threw all his work and devotion and livelihood into Elizabeth and her reign. And he was with her the longest, even leaving her his son, who was more than capable to take his place. Plaity's tale of his death had me almost in tears because you could tell that Elizabeth saw this as the last of her friends, the last of her generation. All that she had known of her time, of her reign, was coming to an end with Cecil. I think in some ways, Cecil was an even greater friend to her than Dudley. Dudley she loved romantically, had a friendship that could never be broken. But Cecil made sure she kept her crown, that her country stayed safe and always in her hands and Elizabeth loved nothing more than her country.If you are a fan of Tudor England, pick this book up. I enjoyed reading it. It's not a fast read, but the ending makes it worth it and, honestly, I just love reading about Elizabeth.


This book is awesome. I love Elizabethan History..even though it is historical fiction I feel like I can carry on a conversation about this period in history. I love all of the Jean Plaidy books I have read so far, but I especially enjoyed this one..I highly recommend it.


Perhaps these Elizabethan/Victorian/period novels that follow the lives of royal and other figures are not my cup of tea, but I have to say this is the second time I've been left feeling a little less than impressed. This story is good, for what it is. I just wasn't thrilled with it. Jean Plaidy's writing is nice, and compared to Carolly Erickson's random jumps into kitschy Harlequin moments, she's a breath of fresh air. But my biggest qualm is with her portrayal of Elizabeth. The book is obviously all about Queen Elizabeth I and her reign in England. And while I would normally be fascinated by this kind of historical novel, I was just left wanting to strangle Elizabeth. Perhaps I don't have a great idea of what the woman was really like, but I can't see a woman who was as cautious in making decisions as she was as the kind of person to just run around slapping her women whenever she got angry. That was a little strange to me. Was Elizabeth as childish as that? At first glance, she appears to be very self-controlled, self-aware, and disciplined. As a woman who was constantly in the limelight, I assume she would know how to comport herself, and yes, she might get a little relaxed among her ladies of the court, but I find it hard to believe she regularly slapped them and insulted them when she was displeased. Another issue I have is how prideful she was. Elizabeth was a great queen, and I admire her for many things. But was she as prideful and vain as Plaidy portrays? I'm not sure. Her love of beauty and her pride in her own beauty is written of throughout the whole book and forms an integral part of her character, or rather, Plaidy's portrayal of her character. For a woman who never married, it seems a bit strange that she would be so obsessed with her looks and with being courted but never won. At the same time, Plaidy showed her strengths in great ways. I was pleased by the portrayal of Elizabeth's hesitation to sign off on the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. I loved the relationship between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, and I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment of Elizabeth's surrogate Essex, who she tried to use to replace Robert Dudley after his death. Overall, I have to admit the book was pleasant enough. I just had issues with things like Elizabeth's character. But it's a decent read and one worth trying if you're interested in the Elizabethan age.

Kayla Tornello

This book is the fictitious memoirs of Queen Elizabeth I. It covers her entire life and is based upon actual events and people. It's a very detailed account of Elizabeth's thoughts and actions. It was a pleasant read, but nothing awe-inspiring.


I am reading this book for the 2nd time- about Queen Elizabeth I- wonderful as all Jean Plaidy's books are about the kings and Queens of England. I love to read and reread these historical fiction books. I have all the books she has written under the name of Jean Plaidy and I read them over and over. They are a wonderful way to study English history.


Argh, this book is going SO slow for me! I've had it for 3 months and I'm still not finished - I wonder how many times the library will let me renew it? I much prefer Philippa Gregory's style of writing to this author's; I wish Gregory would write more books about the Tudor princesses and queens.


The first half is better than the last. After reading this book I am more inspired by Elizabeth I's life- she truly was a ''God chosen'' queen for England. I also admire her dedication to her people and her crown, being willing to sacrifice love for a greater cause- that of her country. God bless the queen!

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