Erickson vs. Hibbert. A comparison of The First Elizabeth and The Virgin Queen by, Stacey Hilliard. Erickson. The First Elizabeth by, Carolly Erickson. Erickson. “With Edward's birth Elizabeth was all but forgotten.”. Erickson.
A comparison of The First Elizabeth
and The Virgin Queen
“With Edward's birth Elizabeth was all but forgotten.”
“To make a virtuous, modest child from such uncompromising material was Kat Ashley's principal task.”
“From the start Elizabeth overawed those nearest to her, for she seized the reigns of power at once, and boldly”
“Never mind the facts: before long Elizabeth would be so cheapened by the presumptions alone that no man would risk staining his own honor by marrying her.”
The wealth of knowledge in both The First Elizabeth and The Virgin Queen are basically the same. Both biographies are concerned with telling the best known truths.
Both biographies are well-written and contain prominent information. However, as far as being entertaining The First Elizabeth is the winner by default because there is much more information on things that could be true rather than facts. This allows the reader to form his/her own opinions of what is true. Despite the length the biography is an easy read.