|From: Greensleeves (Original Message)||Sent: 1/27/2007 2:09 AM|
Received the novel I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles for Christmas (love when Santa brings me Tudory things). It's not a terribly new release, I think it's about 6 or 7 years old. It's purported to be Elizabeth Is autobiography penned by her good self. You can tell the author did her homework & can almost believe this really is Elizabeth Speaketh. It's one of those books that takes a while to read because the prose is compellingly savorable, so I'd recommend it if anyone's looking for a meaty Tudor novel to chew on for a week.
What I found interesting is that Miles didn't portray Elizabeth's first love as Thomas Seymour, but instead fixed on Henry Howard Earl of Surrey for the honor, creating a plan whereby Elizabeth would be neutralized by the Marian party being married off to a devout Catholic. I've never seen speculation about any involvement between Elizabeth & Surrey historically.
Also, Miles portrays Elizabeth as having fallen in love with Robert Dudley, & then being resentful because at that time he only had eyes for his intended bride, Amy Robsart. I thought that was interesting in retrospect, as the whole woman scorned thing could be offered as a reason why Elizabeth would never marry Dudley.