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Elizabeth I (WOMEN IN HISTORY) Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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"The most comprehensive, the most reliable and the most readable biography of Elizabeth." -"The New York Times Book Review" "This is my favourite among the biographies of Queen Elizabeth I. Anne Somerset presents a convincing as well as complex character at the center of her lucid narrative. She breathes new life into old sources so that we live the story again and see it afresh." -Antonia Fraser "An ample, stylish, and eloquent life of the queen." -"The Washington Post Book World ""Finely crafted, abundantly detailed. . . . Few biographies have explored the depth found here." -"San Francisco Chronicle ""An excellent book. . . . Somerset is in some respects the most balanced and impartial of all Elizabeth's biographers." -"Sunday Times "(London) "I am completely captivated by [Somerset's] Elizabeth I,"," . . The writing . . . is a delight." -Peter Gwyn, "Weekend Telegraph ""A gorgeous tapestry. . . . Even readers unfamiliar with the dynamic personalities of the Tudor era would do well to start their quest for knowledge here." -"Booklist""[Somerset] is an experienced biographer, a thorough researcher, an admirable writer and a reliable judge of character." -"Financial Times""[Somerset] gives us a portrait . . . with so much fidelity that the effect is just and exhilarating." -"The Spectator ""Totally captivating. . . . A wry, convincing portrait of a complex character." -"Publishers Weekly"
An acclaimed biography of Elizabeth I and an examination of the politics and intrigues of her Tudor court.See all Product description
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1) author's neutrality, presenting narrative, allows to make your own conclusions;
2) Elizabeth is placed in context of her time and space - one must remember that her actions and decisions were influenced by various events abroad and at home, morals of 16th century's society, politics of the day, opinions of people around her and her own uneasy experiences.
Somerset explains it all very well.
The glamour of the Tudor court and what it was like to be in or out of favour in a clique where a careless word could in some cases cost you your life.
Elizabeth did not suffer fools gladly and the book examines her religious feelings, her sexuality and the way she dealt with conflicts both at home and abroad in what was essentially a man's world. Elizabeth was nobody's fool and although she would listen to her advisers, she had a mind of her own, shrewd and extremely intelligent, and was quite capable of using her authority as monarch to make important decisions for herself.
The book is a delight for anyone with the slightest interest in history.
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Seriously recommend reading if your a truely interested in Elizabelth 1.