Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I : Fortune's Bastard

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Elizabeth I stands in the English imagination for one of the formative phases of English history. Her reign saw England transformed, at her command, from a Catholic to a Protestant country, with incalculable consequences for the history of Europe and of the world - starting with the attempted invasion by the Spanish Armada, beaten off by the Queen's legendary naval captains. Of the five monarchs who trod the political stage of sixteenth-century England, Elizabeth was the most accomplished and versatile performer. And it is ultimately this which accounts for her enduring fascination. Richard Rex highlights the vivid and contrary personality of a Queen who could both baffle and bedazzle her subjects, her courtiers, and her rivals: at one moment flirting outrageously with a favourite or courting some foreign prince, and at another vowing perpetual virginity; at one time agonising over the execution of her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, then ordering the slaughter of hundreds of poor men after a half-cock rebellion. Too many biographies of Elizabeth merely perpetuate the flattery she enjoyed from her courtiers, as if her dramatic repertoire was limited to the role of 'Gloriana'. This biography also reflects more critical voices, such as those of the Irish, the Catholics and those who lived on the wrong side of the emerging North/South divide. To them she showed a different face.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Tempus Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752441760
  • 9780752441764
  • 1,734,932

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Author's last book, The Tudors, was critically acclaimed: 'Up-to-date, readable and reliable. The best introduction to England's most important dynasty' DAVID STARKEY; 'The story is gripping and told with enviable narrative skill... a model of popular history' THES; 'Vivid, entertaining and carrying its learning lightly, Richard Rex's The Tudors is, quite simply the best short introduction to the most formative century in English history' EAMON DUFFY; 'A lively overview... Rex is a wry commentator on the game on monarchy' THE GUARDIAN.show more

About Richard Rex

Richard Rex is Director of Studies in History at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has written and researched extensively on Tudor England and his other books include The Tudors (also published by Tempus), Henry VIII & the English Reformation and The Lollards. He lives in Cambridge.show more

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