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The Horizon Book of the Elizabethan World Hardcover – 1967

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: London - Paul Hamlyn Ltd.; 1st ed. edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395082005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395082003
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 22.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,308,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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/ / History / Engels / English / Anglais / Englisch / hard cover / dust jacket / 23 x 30 cm / 416 .pp /

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Brilliant overview ! Fills in the background of other European countries at the time. Most books on the Tudors concentrate only on England while, what happened there, was being played out in response to European turmoil. The best comment and detail about the Armada I've ever read. On top of all this the man can wrtie! The book is witty and difficult to put down, unlike most text books. To know the Elizabethan period you need read nothing else.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A good pictoral overview of the Elizabethan era 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The publishers of Horizon are well known for their large format pictoral essays on history and art. Lacey Baldwin Smith's book is a very good example of their work. It is broad in its approach and includes descriptions of the world both inside and outside of Elizabeth I's England. Although few of the plates are in color, the black and white images are large and clear. The etchings and woodcuts lose little for being monochromatic. The author makes good use of first hand accounts and narratives, and supports them with background commentary. These accounts are annotated with the name of the author and work. This is not a scholarly work, but as "coffee table" reading it is quite good. I would recommend it to anyone who would like a good general reading of the Elizabethan era.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great introduction to the Elizbethan World 22 Dec 2007
By Mathew A. Shember - Published on Amazon.com
I happened to pick this book up at the library to answer a couple curiosity questions about the movie of the Golden Age. The Elizabethan World could fill volumes for all that went on.

This book is only 280 pages and does a good job giving the reader the core information of events surrounding England, France, Spain and the rest of Europe and the new world.

The chapters are thus: Introduction: The Elizabethan Age, Medieval Twilight: The Odour of Despair, Medieval Twilight: The Scent of Optimism, Sin and Schism, The 'Calm and Quiet Season', Rage in Heaven, Catherine de Medici and the Ordeal of France, Philip of Spain and God's Obvious Design, Plot and Counterplot, The Great Enterprise, A Decade of Heroes, New Horizons, Epilogue: 'Dead But Not Buried'

The author covers many areas. The rise of Calvinism, the problems of Religion, the royal houses, the problems of Virgin Queen, the run in with Spain and the Armada, the heroes and what followed after her reign.

Many personalities are mentioned. In particular: John Calvin, Francis II, Henry III, Charles IX, Henry IV, Henry, Duke of Guise, Catherine de Medici, Raleigh, Drake, Grenville, Gilbert, The Earl of Essex, Walsingham, Philip II, and Mary Queen of Scots.

Since this book focuses on the geopolitics of the age, other aspects such as Shakespeare are lightly mentioned.

What was interesting is the chapter on the Heroes as the author goes about pointing out their faults as a counterpoint to the legends that sprang up around them. Drake and his puritan views, the egomaniacs Raleigh and Essex, mentioned that Sir Richard Grenville was better put to a padded room then command of men.

Overall, it's a decent book for a quick coverage of the politics of the time.
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