Elizabeth I

I think I mentioned that I'm reading Alison Weir's "The Life of Elizabeth I." (In addition to a zillion other books, as ever.) Kara got it for me from some Amazon seller last year because in our group emails I had mentioned that I had spent a weekend watching the BBC "Elizabeth R" series from the 70s. This isn't to be confused with the recent BBC "Elizabeth I" starring Helen Mirren, which I'm sure is fantastic. It's on my movie list.


Anyway, Kara loves the Tudors, too, especially as told by Alison Weir. After this, I'm going to finally read my "Mary, Queen of Scots" by Antonia Fraser. I bought it at Lippincott Books in Bangor. Open the door carefully, as the cat may get out.


Once I'm done with that, I will move on to "A Man on a Donkey." This is a book that Sadie bought me for Christmas two years ago, after she read it. It is also an Elizabethan era book, but this one is fiction. It is, however, just like "Elizabeth" and "Mary" in that it is gargantuan in size.


As I read "Elizabeth", I keep thinking that it would be so much fun to write a sort of "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" only have some Maine or Mass high schooler in Elizabethan Court.

I also wonder what I would be like if I were born then. What would I be? I'd want the freedom of a "barmaid" without the work obligations (wink, wink). How about being someone like Emma Thompson's character in "Howard's End," even though that was the beginning of the 20th century...that head maid position was around back then, wasn't it? Because I doubt I'd have been born into the upper class, simply because that population was so small. I like kids, so maybe I'd have been a wet nurse? Or a nanny? Without a middle class and without women's rights, I have no idea.

Unless I were born a dude, in which case I would clearly be from Stratford on Avon, born on April 23...



Did I just compare myself to Shakespeare?