The family behind the Virgin Queen: It is 1559, and Elizabeth Tudor has just succeeded to the throne of England. Beside her are the family who will share the momentous triumphs and setbacks of her reign: the Allgraves. Richard and Margaret Allgrave’s lives and those of their children and grandchildren are destined to be closely bound to that of the queen, though with such power will also come grave personal sacrifice.
This is a tale of kinship, loyalty, heroism and reward, set in the time of Drake, Frobisher and the Armada; of Mary Stuart, sent to her violent death. It is also the story of Elizabeth herself, the woman behind the magnificent facade of velvets, silks and jewels. A woman who passionately loved just one man, but chose to devote her life to her country and its people. Together Elizabeth and the Allgraves created the Tudor Heritage – a nation whose power was to be feared and respected for centuries to come.
The Bottom Line: While I generally go for a full-blown review, The Tudor Heritage doesn’t warrant such extensive thoughts as it is, more or less, just a fictionalized accounting of the major events of the Virgin Queen’s life. History buffs will know the events described and many will appreciate the re-telling in such a quick and fast-paced manner. There’s no dawdling in this book, just quick movement from one major event to the next with a lot of tantrums on the part of the Queen and her stubborn nature on full display. While this is, ostensibly, an intertwining of stories, Elizabeth’s and the Allgrave family, there is little overlapping until the very end of the end of the book. In all, I can’t say I loved this book, but I also didn’t dislike it either. It’s a quick and easy read and will appeal to those who just want the quick, dirty version of Elizabeth’s life rather than the saga 😊