Eric Eager Eager itibaren Yenikadılı Köyü, 19310 Yenikadılı Köyü/Boğazkale/Çorum, Türkiye
This book explores the life of Elizabeth I, focusing, according to the summary, on her relationships with three key men in her life (Thomas Seymour, Robert Dudley, William Cecil). Or was it Dudley, Cecil and Essex? Or was it Phillip of Spain, Dudley and James of Scotland? Let's just say that there were more than "three men whose destinies belonged to her alone." The first third of the book, about her childhood and ascension to the throne, were very interesting. I knew how it would turn out, but still found myself on the edge of my proverbial seat. Good stuff. Once she actually gained the crown, however, the book took a turn for the boring. And the omniscient narrator, with frequent changes in point of view, started to bug me. And Elizabeth herself became less likable, which may be historically accurate, but makes for less compelling reading material. Perhaps the problem was that I've read too much about Elizabeth. There wasn't much news here. And what was news, I suspect was fiction. I like her less after reading this. It took me three weeks to read this book. That's a big investment. It may have been worthwhile if this had been my first in-depth introduction to the great queen.