The Golden Age by Tasha Alexander

The Golden Age

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was a time of war, passion, and spectacular achievement. Elizabeth: The Golden Age finds Elizabeth facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late sixteenth-century Europe, Elizabeth faces an open challenge from the Spanish King Philip II, who is determined to restore England to Catholicism with his powerful army and dominating armada....

Details The Golden Age

TitleThe Golden Age
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Media Tie In, Movies

Reviews The Golden Age

  • Erin
    There's nothing too special about this book. I thought it was the novel that the movie was based on. however, it is the novel based on the movie. It reads like a script and moves like a movie. Most of the scenes fall flat without Cate Blanchett performing them. Also, it's almost entirely the author herself states. There's just so many better books about Queen Elizabeth.
  • Yanper
    Really enjoyed this book because historical fiction is my favorite genre, and a reason is that I like to search further to find out, what is fictional and what is factual. The story is about a powerful queen Elizabeth and the problems she faces, as state ruler, as well as a person. The latter helped to earn the nickname of the virgin queen.
  • carnival
    Although I enjoy reading stories about queen Elizabeth, it seems that I'm not a fan of books based on a film, because they are more like following a script than an original story. Nevertheless, the main character is created in an interesting and... accurate way.
  • Rick
    Tilburg speech;My loving peopleWe have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit our selves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people. Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good-will of my subjects; and therefore I am come ...
  • Maria
    I love reading about The Tudors and historical fiction. However, I wish this had been the book upon which the movie was based and not the other way around. It was very light in substance. But enjoyable in several parts. I wish the romance had been more developed, but that goes back to the fact that the movie possibly didn’t allow for that (I haven’t seen it and I don’t think I’d be missing anything except Cate Blanchett’s always excelle...
  • Brit McCarthy
    A word of warning: you need to be careful when representing historic figures – and also when you’re reading them. It is easy to mistake a fictional account of real events for what really happened. But this is only how the author wanted Elizabeth and other figures to appear. While I’m sure she has done her research (I assume so anyway), there is no one alive today who really knows what Elizabeth was thinking or feeling. Just something to kee...
  • Susan
    Tasha Alexander is the ONLY reason I read this "novelization" based on the film of the same name. Well, that and I had just finished watching The Tudors on Netflix. So my background in fictionalized Henry VIII and his virgin queen daughter is now complete! This reads like a romance novel rather than anything resembling historical fiction--Alexander even states in her note to readers at the end that Sir Walter Raleigh, who saves the day in the Bri...
  • Tocci
    Live HistoryWhile fictional, the characters and time period are real, as are some events. What puts this novel a notch above others is the emotions imbued into the historical figures. This lends a very believable cause to the events of the Times. Excellently edited, this was an interesting enjoyable book of a subject covered by many others.
  • Anam Cara
    Wonderful story that make ERI a real person! Loved reading about the people she interacted with - her ministers, her courtiers, her ladies-in-waiting. She is a sad figure in history, something I never thought of before.
  • Lori
    I had the privilege of meeting Tasha Alexander at a writer's conference in July. She is an incredible writer! She is known for her ability to write dialogue(sp and she incorporates the British dialect so well, which is not easy to do. I enjoyed Tasha's novelization of the movie!
  • Krista
    Seems like this was written really quickly...and not with too great attention to detail/accuracy.
  • Manuel
    Wow that was a fast one Actual reading time 3-4 daysIt was nice and not very deep. Some interesting plots and niceley between fiction and fact.
  • Dacia
    One book that I thought the movie came close to doing justice to.....
  • Joan
    This was fabulous. Loved how the character were real people and not just people in history. You were absorbed in the story from the first page.
  • Diane Smith
    Didn't love this book. While moments in it were really good, it was too much like the screenplay in that it jumped from scene to scene quite frequently.
  • Beverly
    I enjoyed the book but wished it would have continued until the end of her life.
  • Michelle
  • Asma
    I am fond of Queen Elizabeth.
  • Kariss
    Another insight into Queen E 1enjoy Tasha Alexander's style... I then rented the movie - also enjoyable
  • chucklesthescot
    This was the novel screenplay of the film and it was ok to read but not exactly a great work of literature. It is pretty much the same as most of these novels are but not one of the best I've read.
  • Leigh
    Entertaining, but not historically accurate.