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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852853042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852853044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Everything a scholarly biography should be, and a good read too'.

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David Loades is one of the leading historians of Tudor England and of the Tudor monarchy. He is the author of the definitive biography of Elizabeth's half-sister, The Reign of Mary Tudor (1991), and of Henry VIII and his Queens (1994). He is Honarary Professor at the University of Sheffield.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Nuttall on 15 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
One odd things comes to mind at once about this book – the second part of the title, as listed by Amazon, does not appear anywhere within the book itself. How’s that for confusion?
David Loades is an accomplished professor – or so we are informed – and he has done an excellent job of providing a biography of Elizabeth I of England, possibly the best ruler that England ever had. He shows both her remarkable talents and unique achievements, as well as how she controlled her kingdom and court, and how her life shaped her for her role.
The book, however, sheds little new light on the Queen. Events it discusses are familiar to most readers from the start, although the book is writing in an engaging style that interests the reader from the start. As we know, an interested reader is one who will learn more from the book.
The biography brings out events that may have been missed by many people and students. Elizabeth was not above the practice of ‘courtly love’, the nobles’ equivalent to cybersex, which may have led to two scandals in her reign. One of them, Dudley, was not fatal, but the other, with the immature Earl of Essex, could have had fatal consequences, as Essex tried to lead a Putsch against her courtiers, who he believed had poisoned the Queen against him. Due to his incompetence and immaturity, the attempt got nowhere and he was executed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Interesting View on Elizabeth's Reign and Life 5 April 2005
By Emma Brooklyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth I is, perhaps, the English monarch that has caught the interest of more people than any other British ruler has before. David Loades has managed to write a detailed record of her reign and life that covers not only the facts, but also presents and analyzes the many hypotheses that historians have come up with over years of research.

The opening chapter of the book details the circumstances of Elizabeth's birth and goes on to explain how she eventually was recognized as the rightful heir to the throne. The following four chapters describe the events of her rise to power, and the middle section covers her forty-year reign. The final chapter examines the reasons for Elizabeth's success.

The book is written in a very analytical manner, especially on Elizabeth's motives for the actions she took as queen of England. It also provides a substantial amount of background information on other important figures, such as Henry VIII, Mary, and Catherine.

On the whole, David Loades' biography is a thorough and fascinating read for those who want to delve into the intriguing story of Elizabeth I.
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A very good read 20 Aug. 2010
By Charles Poncet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David Loades' intelligent biography of Elizabeth I is a pleasure to read. An obviously erudite historian of the Tudor period he never tries to impress the reader with heavy going prose but his book is remarkably well written and should be read by anyone with an interest in the period. He starts with the stages in Elizabeth's life when she was the King's daugther, then the King's sister and then the New Queen, moving on through the French and Netherlands episodes to the war with Spain and then to the final years. There are times when one wishes he would have written more on some of the events he narrates and it is probably advisable to have a general idea of who was who at the time in order to fully enjoy the story. Some of the psychological interpretations he puts forward may or may not reflect what actually happened but they too are a pleasure to read. The book has - but that is not the author's faults - the curse of the modern world, namely the footnotes at the end instead of conveniently at the bottom of the page, so the reader interested in seeing what are the sources quoted has to engage in an exasperating gymnastic to keep the page he is reading whilst fingering to the end to look up the footnote. Readers should unite and demand that editors put an end to this abominable practice !
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