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Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain's Queen

by Sarah Bradford

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    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These two biographies of both of Great Britain's Queen Elizabeths are full of political and personal detail. This combination of historical insight and family drama renders both books engaging reads.
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I like this author's style. She's a fast read, and has a talent for boiling down complex stories to their essential facts. I also have her bio of George VI. She is a friend of the royal family, as she portrays Princess Diana as a schemer who was out to get all she could from day one--the 'shy Di' image was a face she put on to show the world. Bradford is at great pains to defend Prince Charles at all times throughout the book. ( )
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On a bitterly cold early February afternoon in 1952 a British Overseas Airways Corporation Argonaut aircraft taxied to a halt at London's Heathrow Airport.
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"There are two types of British queens," says Columbia University historian David Cannadine. There are those who hold the position strictly as wife of the king, such as Queen Caroline, the subject of a recent biography by Flora Fraser. Then there are those few who have ruled as sovereign in absence of a male heir. Among them, Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled since the death of her father, George VI, in 1952. In her seven decades of life, she has witnessed the gradual decline of British importance and endured the public collapse of the marriages of her children. Yet she has visited more of the world than any sovereign in human history and lent dignity to her office.

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