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Elizabeth Fortune's Bastard? Paperback – 1 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press LTD; 07 edition (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752441760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752441764
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,195,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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.

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I am now a Richard Rex fan!

I have been previously full of praise for Richard Rex in writing 'The Tudors'; an excellent introduction in just under 200 pages after questioning how he could do it in so few.

Here, Rex gives a lively and opinionated yet even-handed account of England's last Tudor monarch in approximately 140 pages, lovingly illustrated throughout, which actually means in effect the page count is far less!

All the important events of her life and reign are covered; her birth alongside the rise and fall of her mother Anne Boleyn, her time with Katherine Parr and the scandal surrounding Thomas Seymour, her treatment during the reign of her sister Mary, the alteration of religion once Elizabeth ascended the throne, the Catholic problem, Mary, Queen of Scots, the war with Spain, rebellion in Ireland, her relationship with favourites Robert Dudley and Robert Devereux, the Earls of Leicester and Essex and the ongoing question of her marriage.

Great, concise story-telling of the above events runs alongside scholarly analysis, in the latter's case especially regarding Elizabeth's religion and her concern for her image.
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As a general introduction to the subject this works very well; far more is inferred in the content by the author's asides than is explicitly stated and the overall impression is learned. However readers should be aware that this edition is reproduced virtually word for word in the new collected work, The Tudors, which is by the same author.
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