The Lady Elizabeth, By Alison Weir

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Popular historian Alison Weir enters treacherous territory with a fictional re-telling of the early years of Elizabeth I and her much debated romance with Thomas Seymour, her stepmother's husband. "

For dramatic purposes, I have woven into my story a tale that goes against all my instincts as a historian!" quips Weir, explaining why she cast the queen as a less than virginal figure.

Telling fact from fiction becomes the name of the game, and Weir employs contemporary gossip to intriguing effect. With a style that casts even Philippa Gregory's stately gavottes in a dashing new light, Weir convinces with her scholarly grasp.

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