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Pirate Queen: Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventures: Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventures and the Dawn of Empire Hardcover – 1 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 07 edition (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0641913265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750948418
  • ASIN: 0750948418
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,879,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How did the queen deal with these challenges and transform her puny,
debt-ridden kingdom into a major power?

Historian Susan Ronald, a long-time resident of England, attempts to answer
this and other questions in her fine book The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth
I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire -- The Washington Times Newspaper, July 29, 2007

"a highly colorful, swashbuckling read, one that will give
you new respect for Britain's first Elizabeth."
-- The Seattle Times, July 15, 2007

The meat of Ms. Ronald's book is her account of the breathtaking journeys
of Elizabeth's pirate adventurers -- The New York Sun Newspaper, July 25, 2007


'Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.' - Sir Walter Raleigh. Elizabeth I was originally dubbed 'the pirate queen' by Philip II of Spain and was acknowledged as such by the Pope. The ultimate icon of female power, Elizabeth was the first queen of England to rule in her own right. Without her foresight and determination, it is possible that not only England but also the English language would have been eclipsed by Spain and France. "Pirate Queen" puts her into context, showing how her leadership transformed England from a fringe player to a world power. It investigates the evolution of England's money supply and the birth of modern banking, and how this affected political policy and the man in the street as much then as it does now. Above all, it shows how human nature hasn't changed in 400 years, and that the Elizabethans were not as different as one might expect. It is an illuminating revisionist account of Queen Elizabeth I and her merchant-adventurers who terrorised the seas, extended the Empire and amassed great wealth for the throne.

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