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Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne (2001)

by David Starkey

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An abused child, yet confident of her destiny, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, famed as England's most successful ruler yet actually doing little, Elizabeth I is full of contradictions. This biography, published to accompany a Channel 4 series presented by the author, aims to turn the paradox into a person.… (more)
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Detailed account of Queen Elizabeth's early years when she barely survived to be ready to be Queen. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
It has more specific cites of historical relevant information versus speculation than some other biographies of Elizabeth I. ( )
  TanyaRead | Aug 6, 2021 |
Her early years were quite difficult but they made her into one of the greatest queens in history. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
It was interesting, and I got over half way through, then I just gave up....... It was so dense, and this man he actually used the term "An abused child"..... but he never really delves into much depth about anything...... There isn't much personal about Elizabeth as I imagined/hoped there would be.

There are many bits & pieces, for instance I didn't know that Edward's councilors & Elizabeth were a greedy lot and took most of his property for themselves...... That there was trading & conniving among until they had what they wanted... but when Edward died it all went back under the control of the new regime....

The writing seemed not scholarly, rather chatty at times, yet not contiguous as would a smooth timeline. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Enjoyed this biog of Elizabeth's early years, I was disappointed when it ended. Pity he hasn't written a continuation yet. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Oct 17, 2015 |
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David Starkeyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anette HjerdeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eklöf, MargaretaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powell, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In 1567 Elizabeth I told a delegation of parliamentarians, 'I thank God that I am indeed endowed with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat, I were able to live in any place of Christendom.'
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Elizabeth: Apprenticeship was published in North America as Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne
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An abused child, yet confident of her destiny, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, famed as England's most successful ruler yet actually doing little, Elizabeth I is full of contradictions. This biography, published to accompany a Channel 4 series presented by the author, aims to turn the paradox into a person.

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