I, Elizabeth

by Rosalind Miles | History |
ISBN: 0609809105 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lauraloo29 of Edmonton, Alberta Canada on 8/18/2007
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, August 18, 2007
Publicly declared a bastard at the age of three, daughter of a disgraced and executed mother, last in the line of succession to the throne of England, Elizabeth I inherited an England ravaged by bloody religious conflict, at war with Spain and France, and badly in debt. When she died in 1603, after a forty-five- year reign, her empire spanned two continents and was united under one church, victorious in war, and blessed with an overflowing treasury. What''s more, her favorites--William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh--had made the Elizabethan era a cultural Golden Age still remembered today.
But for Elizabeth the woman, tragedy went hand in hand with triumph. Politics and scandal forced the passionate queen to reject her true love, Robert Dudley, and to execute his stepson, her much-adored Lord Essex. Now in this spellbinding novel, Rosalind Miles brings to life the woman behind the myth. By turns imperious, brilliant, calculating, vain, and witty, this is the Elizabeth the world never knew. From the days of her brutal father, Henry VIII, to her final dying moments, Elizabeth tells her story in her own words.

Journal Entry 2 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 08, 2009
I'm planning on sending this out as a bookray.

Rules: Not many. Please journal the book's arrival and departure. And please keep it moving by keeping it no longer than 4 weeks. The last person is free to release the book as they wish.


1. tokorua - Australia (Intl)
2. BokOrm09 - UK (UK)
3. nediamnori87 - UK (UK/Italy)
4. Hayes13 - Italy (Intl)
5. thegoaliegirl - US (US)
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Starting the journey on November 14th!

Journal Entry 3 by Monki-ies from Somerset, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, November 22, 2009
arrived today

Journal Entry 4 by Monki-ies at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/16/2009 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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will be releasing unread as have too many on the go.hope u enjoy.

Journal Entry 5 by BokOrm09 from Sevenoaks, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Collected it from the Post Office this morning and am just about to start reading. Thanks to lauraloo29 for organising this ring and to tokorua for sending it so quickly.

Update 9/01/10
I finished reading the book today. I've already PM'd the next reader and plan to mail it on Monday.

Journal Entry 6 by BokOrm09 at Chelsfield, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 11, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (1/11/2010 UTC) at Chelsfield, Greater London United Kingdom

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Posted second class to the next reader, who is nediamnori87, in Fife, Scotland. Hope you enjoy the book and thanks again to Lauraloo29 for organising this ray.

Journal Entry 7 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, January 18, 2010
This look like a fantastic book and I look forward to getting stuck in it soon. I've been really busy for the last few days with revision but as of tomorrow I'm exam free and on a break so should get to it in no time at all.

Journal Entry 8 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I really enjoyed reading about Elizabeth's life but I found it very difficult to keep track of who was who. With the constant changing of Lords and referring to them in all manners of ways either by first name or county held I started to struggle to follow it.
It was interesting to contrast the scandal concerning Thomas Seymore in a different light to that portrayed by Weir in her historical fiction, as it was to compare how the relationship with Dudley. I think I would have enjoyed the book more having had it in 5 separate books of longer length with a consistent naming system.
However the idea of it being Elizabeth's memoir was a good one.

Will PM the next person for their address and have it sent out soon.

Journal Entry 9 by nediamnori87 at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (2/9/2010 UTC) at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sent to the next reader

Journal Entry 10 by wingHayes13wing from Roma, Lazio Italy on Monday, February 15, 2010
Arrived this morning. Will get to it as soon as I can. It's awfully large... I hope I can keep everyone straight too!

Thanks for sending, nediamnori87, and for sharing lauraloo29!

Journal Entry 11 by wingHayes13wing at -- Mail or by hand-ring, RABCK, meetings, Washington USA on Sunday, March 28, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (3/29/2010 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-ring, RABCK, meetings, Washington USA

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Finally sending this out. On it goes to beautiful Washington State!

Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 12 by thegoaliegirl from Vancouver, Washington USA on Sunday, April 04, 2010
Book has arrived safely in Spokane, WA. I'll start this one once I finish my current book. Will try to get it read in the next month before I go on vacation.

Journal Entry 13 by thegoaliegirl at Spokane, Washington USA on Sunday, June 20, 2010
I finally finished this book. I had to put it down a few times (took a trip internationally and didn't want to lug it with me), etc. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked that it was a lot more of Elizabeth's life than just up until her first few years as Queen. It was full of information but not boring.

Since I'm last, I'll be finding a new home for the book soon.

Journal Entry 14 by thegoaliegirl at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (6/26/2010 UTC) at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Hope you enjoy this book! I'm sure you will though!

Journal Entry 15 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Thursday, July 08, 2010
A very thoughtful and well-chosen gift from a most knowledgeable connoisseur of this literature. Thank you, goaliegirl!

Journal Entry 16 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Thursday, December 30, 2010
This stayed a little too far in the heavy-breathing territory for my taste. We have a lot of reason to believe that Elizabeth had a steamy love life, and we know for sure that she could be tempestuous, impulsive, and hot-tempered. But she couldn't have spent all her time agonizing over does he/will he/can I, etc. and still have achieved her magnificent reputation as patron of music and drama, shrewd economist, judicious negotiator (or intimidator) with Parliament, religious reformer, and deft balancer of opposing foreign powers to maintain the safety of her realm. The full story of her life is a lot more complex and interesting than the parts we're shown here.

And a little note to mediamnori87 - I too have always found the English system of names difficult. But I always supposed that if it were a standard pattern in my native country, it would seem simpler. If you can't get it either, there's truly no hope for me!

I'll be putting this into a First Sentences 'Wrap It Up', bookbox, because it has a real knockout of a first sentence.

Journal Entry 17 by wingJudySlump612wing at Wrap It Up Bookbox, Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, February 11, 2011

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Placed in bookstogive's Wrap It Up Bookbox

Journal Entry 18 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, February 19, 2011
I picked this out of bookstogive's Wrap It Up bookbox. All books in this bookbox were individually wrapped and marked with a tag listing the first sentence of each particular book. I HAD to pick this one as this book's first sentence just stood out from the others... "Some are born bastards, some achieve bastardy, others have bastardy thrust upon them, as the fellow said in the play last Shrovetide… ". My curiosity paid off and I found out that I had chosen a historical fiction (one of my fav genres). I'm a happy camper!

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