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1603: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, the…

1603: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, the Return of the Black Plague, the…

by Christopher Lee

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Everything that happened in 1603 in Britain . Plague, piracy, Queen Elizabeth I’s death, James I’s ascension to the throne, and a whole mess of historical documents. It’s a hard slog through the whole book, but the sheer amount of first-person sources is worth it. If you’re in the mood to read pages of Elizabethan clerks’ meticulous records, this is the book for you. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A mostly thematical look at the changes occuring in Britain around this time. I think I would have preferred it if adopted a slightly more chronological and journal-type approach going throughout the year, as I felt it bounced around a bit between rather unconnected topics. It was also a little dry in places, with sometimes overlong extracts from contemporary sources which could have benefited from being translated into slightly more modern English for ease of reading (this is history, not literature). ( )
  john257hopper | Apr 19, 2008 |
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1603 was the year that Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors, died. Her cousin, Robert Carey, immediately rode like a demon to Scotland to take the news to James VI. The cataclysmic time of the Stuarts had come and the son of Mary Queen of Scots left Edinburgh for London to claim his throne as James I of England.

Diaries and notes written in 1603 describe how a resurgence of the plague killed nearly 40,000 people. Priests blamed the sins of the people for the pestilence, witches were strangled and burned and plotters strung up on gate tops. But not all was gloom and violence. From a ship's log we learn of the first precious cargoes of pepper arriving from the East Indies after the establishment of a new spice route; Sharkespeare was finishing Othello and Ben Jonson wrote furiously to please a nation thirsting for entertainment.

1603 was one of the most important and interesting years in British history. Christopher Lee, acclaimed author of This Sceptred Isle, unfolds its story from first-hand accounts and original documents to mirror the seminal year in which Britain moved from Tudor medievalism towards the wars, republicanism and regicide that lay ahead.

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1603 was one of the most important and interesting years in British history. The story is told from firsthand accounts and original documents to mirror the seminal year in which Britain moved from Tudor medievalism toward the wars, republicanism, and regicide that lay ahead.

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