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Elizabeth I (Hodder Arnold Publication) Paperback – 21 Apr 1994

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; New Ed edition (21 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340614552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340614556
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...surely the most important [biography] since Neale's appeared nearly sixty years us a persuasive picture of the queen, sympathetic but wholly without hagiography? (History)

Now at last it [Sir John Neale's 1934 biography of Elizabeth I] faces an academic challenge. (The Times Higher Education Supplement)

The strength of Professor MacCaffrey's treatment lies in the clarity with which he presents the portrait of Elizabeth as policy maker, and her strengths and weaknesses in that capacity. As a public figure his skills do justice to her role. (Archive for Reformation History)

Shrewd Judgements are numerous, and the narrative incorporates subtle analyses of events, personalities, and the relationships between them. (Journal of Modern History)


In this major biography of the queen, Wallace MacCaffrey focuses on Elizabeth's career as a practising politician, taking into account her testing personal experience, her temperament, her own view of her role and the constraints she frequently faced whether imposed by the inheritance from her predecessors or by contemporary events. The Elizabeth who emerges from these pages has a more human appearance than the stiff, richly garbed, bejewelled Elizabeth of the royal portraits. She is more fallible, and more interesting.

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