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Elizabeth I & Her People [Hardcover]

Tarnya Cooper , Jane Eade
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14 Oct 2013
The reign of Queen Elizabeth I, which spanned over forty years, was a time of economic stability, with outstanding successes in the fields of maritime exploration and defence. The period also saw a huge expansion in trade, the creation of new industries, a rise in social mobility, urban isation and the development of an extraordinary literary culture. Elizabeth I & Her People explores the stories of those individuals whose achievements brought about these changes in the context of an emerging national identity, as well as giving a fascina ting glimpse into their way of life through accessories and artefacts. The book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, features portraits of the Queen and her courtiers, including explorers and sea captains such as Francis Drake and Martin Frobisher, statesmen and soldiers such as William Cecil, Lord Burghley and Christopher Hatton and enchanting portraits of the Queens female courtiers such as Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, and Elizabeth Vernon, Countes s of Southampton. However, from the mid - sixteenth - century interest in portraiture broadened, as members of a growing wealthy middle class sought to have their likenesses captured for posterity. The book includes intriguing lesser - known images of Elizabeth an merchants, lawyers, goldsmiths, butchers, calligraphers, playwrights and artists all of whom contributed to the making of a nation and a new world power.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery (14 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855144654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855144651
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamaliel Pye and Company 16 Nov 2013
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The National portrait Gallery has got it right with this one, and it's one of the most exciting exhibitions you could wish to see. There in front of you are intimate portraits, not only of Elizabeth I, but of those who were closely connected with her - even her butcher, the appropriately-named Gamaliel Pye, who was occasionally in trouble for dodgy dealing. The pictures are so finely detailed that you can smell the sitter's breath, and there in front of you, carefully displayed, are the everyday things that they handled: the clothes, the personalised rings, their books, even their hats ...

Catalogues don't always serve their shows as well as they should, but this one is a gem of superb reproduction and intelligent, readable, text. If you knew little or nothing about the Elizabethans prior to a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, then rest assured, a walk through the exhibition and a good read of the catalogue will stand you in very good stead, and leave you wanting more.

We are fortunate these days to have so much scholarship at our fingertips - and perhaps even more fortunate in the accessible way that the scholarship is presented to us.

Snap this catalogue up while it's still around in hardback for such a ludicrously reasonable price. It's the perfect Christmas present - if you ever get to hand it over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 14 Nov 2013
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A wonderful catalogue . A splendid book , essential if you are interested in the Elizabethan world . Beautiful reproductions of the pictures and a most gripping text .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth 1 and her people 4 Nov 2013
By Maggy
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This is a brilliant book about a super exhibition I want to see. It is full of fascinating details about the people portrayed in this exhibtion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning reproductions 21 Feb 2014
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I missed this exhibition so having the catalogue like this is a great substitute. Wonderful reproductions of the works and an erudite and interesting commentary about what it all tells us. Thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Exhibition Accompaniment 18 Mar 2014
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If you were not able to fly to London for the exhibition of the same title, this lovely book is the next best thing. Lots of full-color photos and brief but interesting commentary.
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