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The Elizabethans by A. N. Wilson

The Elizabethans

by A. N. Wilson

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A good overview of the period which Wilson brings to life in his own inimitable style. Wilson explores the political, religious and economic factors of the period and how these impacted on the cultural, scientific and other developments of the period. His analysis of Elizabeth's unmarried state is interesting and insightful. An excellent read. ( )
  riverwillow | Nov 7, 2011 |
Fortunately, the tendency is more than outweighed by his ability to tap into the spirit of the age, as in his passionate advocacy of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, “a monument to the inner life”. The Elizabethans is itself a fitting monument to an expansive epoch.
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A time of exceptional creativity, wealth creation, and political expansion, the Elizabethan age was also more remarkable than any other for the Technicolor personalities of its leading participants. Apart from the complex character of the Virgin Queen herself, A. N. Wilson’s The Elizabethans follows the stories of Francis Drake, a privateer who not only defeated the Spanish Armada but also circumnavigated the globe with a drunken, mutinous crew and without reliable navigational instruments; political intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham; and Renaissance literary geniuses from Sir Philip Sidney to Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Most crucially, this was the age when modern Britain was born and established independence from mainland Europe—both in its resistance to Spanish and French incursions and in its declaration of religious liberty from the pope—and laid the foundations for the explosion of British imperial power and eventual American domination. An acknowledged master of the all-encompassing single-volume history, Wilson tells the exhilarating story of the Elizabethan era with all the panoramic sweep of his bestselling The Victorians, and with the wit and iconoclasm that are his trademarks.

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A panoramic account of the Elizabethan age evaluates the contributions of such figures as Francis Drake, William Cecil and William Shakespeare while exploring definitive events--from Britain's declaration of religious liberty to the establishment of British imperial power.… (more)

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