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Queen Elizabeth I (Historic Lives)
by Susan Doran
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0814719570, Hardcover)
Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, reigned from 1558 until her death in 1603 and is remembered not only as a powerful, often ruthless and successful monarch but also as a virtuous, gracious, and caring ruler.
This new biography of Elizabeth I, by a leading scholar, reveals a tough and determined "Virgin Queen", whose education, wit, and wisdom enabled her to succeed in the often turbulent and hostile world of her reign. Charting Elizabeth's childhood, schooling, and family life as well as her relationships with her ministers and suitors, Susan Doran discusses her motivation and the personal qualities that sustained her as queen. Her years in power were often dominated by political intrigue, marriage proposals, disputes over the succession, plots against her life, and warfare. Elizabeth made clever use of events, such as the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and unique interests and attributes, such as her love of theatrical pageant, to enhance her reputation and status. In an era of political and religious upheaval, Elizabeth I emerges as one of the most skillful and formidable monarchs in history.
Illustrated throughout with portraits, rare historical documents, and letters in Elizabeth's own hand, this book provides an engaging, authoritative account of Queen Elizabeth I's life and times.
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"This illustrated book accompanies a major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I." "The exhibition and book bring together a wealth of paintings, decorative objects and personal effects to tell the story of Elizabeth - of her court, of her marriage suitors, of threats to her life and crown, and of the seaman-venturers who challenged Spanish world domination to sow the beginnings of an overseas British empire. Included are a rare musical instrument that belonged to Elizabeth; love letters written by her favourites, Robert Dudley and Christopher Hatton; spectacular jewels that belonged to Anne Boleyn and Mary, Queen of Scots; gold and other relics from Armada shipwrecks; the first English-made globe with Elizabeth's coat-of-arms emblazoned across America. These and much else give a vivid picture of Elizabeth and the social, religious, economic and political times in which she lived."--BOOK JACKET.
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