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The Life of Elizabeth I Library Binding – 26 Jun 2008
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Elizabeth I survived to become queen by being very careful. The fact that she avoided being used or implicated by the various plots against her radically Protestant brother Edward VI, and fanatically Catholic sister Mary I, was a triumph in itself, and she never forgot the lesson that survival needed to be her first goal. What many of her contemporaries took for irritating womanly indecision was a refusal to be hurried; some situations change and some go away, but you can never escape the consequences of your actions--she protected Mary, Queen of Scots for as long as she could.
Alison Weir's new biography covers the facts well enough, but she understands Elizabeth's situation imaginatively, and that is what makes her book special. Elizabeth not only overcame the misogyny of the world she lived in--she exploited it; Weir's own feminism gives her insights into the canny role-playing that was so crucial to Elizabeth's chameleon nature. Everything had to be policy from wigs and fans to rack and gallows; this is a biography which understands not only what happened, but how it seemed and felt at the time. This is an excellent conclusion to Weir's series of Tudor biographies--popular history which brings good sense to bear on scholarly fact. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
--Daily Telegraph (London) "Weir succeeds in making Elizabeth and her subjects come to life in this clearly written and well-researched biography."
--Library Journal (starred review) "An extraordinary piece of historical scholarship."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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