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Elizabeth I
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on 22 July 2011
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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on 26 September 2012
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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