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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New edition edition (26 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075092196X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750921961
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth I is perhaps England's most famous monarch. Born in 1533, the product of the doomed marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was heir to her father's title, then disinherited and finally imprisoned by her half sister Mary. But in 1558, on Mary's death, she ascended the throne and reigned for forty-five years. Respected by her subjects and idolised by future generations, Gloriana's fierce devotion to her country and its people truly made her England's fairest queen and icon. In the wake of the Reformation Europe lay deeply divided by religion. This, the second volume of Alison Plowden's acclaimed Elizabethan quartet, charts the dramatic and multi-faceted struggle between Elizabeth and the Catholics of England and the rest of Europe who, denouncing the queen as a heretic, a bastard and a usurper, threatened to overthrow her and re-establish the supremacy of Rome in all Christendom.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2007
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An interesting account of the lives, work and fates of Catholics in Elizabeth's reign. Not just the standard story of Mary Queen of Scots, but accounts also of those Catholic priests trained abroad and who infiltrated into England to support domestic Catholics, continue to spread the Word and, latterly, also to support indirectly at least the efforts of Catholic powers to overthrow Elizabeth. Undoubtedly many of these priests were personally brave, and no doubt many ordinary Catholics in England wanted to be loyal to their country while still resenting the fines and loss of property or liberty for attending Mass. Equally one can see why Elizabeth's government regarded them with suspicion, considering the priests traitors and the ordinary Catholic Englishmen a potential fifth column, especially following the Papal Bull Regnans in Excelsis, which excommunicated Elizabeth and not only absolved English Catholics from their duty of allegiance to the Queen, but even specifically required them not to be loyal to her - a serious misjudgement by the Vatican in that it put English Catholics into an intolerable dilemma and enabled them to be portrayed as potentially disloyal purely by virtue of their faith.

Plowden is impartial throughout, though her use of anachronisms grates, especially her use of the term "left wing" to describe Protestants and "right wing" to describe Catholics, and one description of a place of not particularly bad imprisonment of Catholics as a concentration camp. In sum, a good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2001
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Danger To Elizabeth - The second in the series of four books on the life of Elizabeth I. This volume concentrates mainly on the years from her ascention to the throne of England and its various troubles, in 1558 to 1586, the eventual death of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The main story within this volume is the continual battle between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, through friendship and conflict. It concentrates intensly on Mary`s unwise decisions which were the eventual downfall of her throne and her head. This occurs on a backdrop of the continuing struggle between the supporters of Elizabeth and the Catholics of England and the rest of Europe. It provides enough background on the story to fully inform a new reader of the subject on previous issues. Throughout the book, it charters the change of Elizabeth`s image from Queen, Heretic, Bastard and an unlawful usurper to the crown of England.
The book is written in a way to be accessable to someone with just a general interest in the topic yet still of enough depth to keep interested an ardent reader with a specialist degree of knowledge in the subject. Wether read in successon with the other three books, or read individually, it is in its own right an interesting and absorbing book. The text flows smoothly, so at times you forget the historic nature of the book and it achieves a novel-like read. There are however, times where the volume of quotes and dates makes the reading of certain chapters slightly heavy going, these seem to be mostly around the sections that concentrate on the religious topics and their associated acts of parliment.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book on Elizabethan politics 15 Jan. 2000
By Michele Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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Most books on Elizabeth spend little time putting her reign into historical context, which is why Alison Plowden's books on that time period are a must-read for those interested in Elizabeth. In Danger to Elizabeth, Plowden describes the plans and plots of the Catholics who were determined to overthrow Elizabeth and rescue England from heresy. Plowden's research is thorough and her writing style is interesting and engaging.
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