"Carolly Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful historical biographers writing in English."
The Times Literary Supplement
The First Elizabeth
"Even more readable and absorbing than the justly praised works of Tuchman and Fraser. A vivid and eminently readable portrait of historys favorite Tudor."
The New York Times Book Review
"A masterpiece of narrative, a story so absorbing it is as hard to put down as a fine novel."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Gifted . . . breathless . . . heartbreaking . . . Erickson excels."
"An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait . . . [Ericksons] scholarly insights combine superbly with a mastery of period manners more often found in the best historical fiction."
"Carolly Erickson is a most admirable biographer, and this book is highly enjoyable as well as being reliable and acute; indeed, it is popular historical biography at its best."
The Times (London)