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The Virgin Queen: Personal History of Elizabeth I Paperback – 30 Apr 1992

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140087389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140087383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Christopher Hibbert has written many well-received biographies, including, most recently, Queen Victoria. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honourary Doctor of Letters of Leicester University. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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for education very descriptive, but stuffy otherwise
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as described good book thank you
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Working in corporate world I totally recognise the personality type described in Christopher Hibbert's riveting book, 'The Virgin Queen'. Elizabeth as CEO ruling over her court sounds SO familiar. The intrigue, the back stabbing, the exhaustion, the secrets, the spying.... the struggle to cope and gain the Queen's favour. All this can easily be transposed to a twenty first century corporate organisation. Even the art patronage and charitable works. It's all here, in this thoroughly readable book. In the UK, religion is now very much in the background, but team building events, charity events, all these group meetings channel the same kind of energies.

I am also intrigued by the apparent life long virginity of Elizabeth I. Did her early unfortunate 'grooming' experience with horrible Thomas Seymour make her fearful of attempting another physical relationship? Was the Earl of Leicester her lover? She certainly adored the Earl of Essex. Her childhood must have been so insecure. Her father had her mother executed. Not an event that would build trust in husbands.

Christopher Hibbert includes plenty of information for anyone interested in Elizabeth the woman as well as the Queen. I felt extremely sorry for her ladies in waiting, for example. This truly is a personal history, an approach I really enjoyed and appreciated

Just to clarify, I read this book free on my Prime subscription.
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This was a hard book to put down! It is filled with interesting facts about the English monarchy. Christopher Hibbert does an excellent job giving the reader a feel for what life was like during the reign of Elizabeth I. After reading this book, I learned much about this very unusual woman and gained a better understanding of how her strength, intelligence, and cunning enabled her to command the respect and love of her people. Christopher Hibbert also reveals a very fascinating human side to a legendary, historical figure. I highly recommend this book to lovers of English history.
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Hibbert brings Elizabeth to life. Sometimes irrational, often clever and sometimes clinically Machiavellian, the Elizabeth he describes was a powerful, brilliant and talented woman. He paints her and her political environment with a clarity and lightness of touch that makes the whole book feel like a window into her life. Lists of names, places and dates bore the pants off me and I rarely make it all the way through a historical biography but Hibbert is a breath of fresh air. I wish I'd discovered him sooner.
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Hibbert provides a factual and rivetting narrative on the life of Queen Elizabeth I, one of England's greatest rulers, and the last of England's Tudor rulers, with emphasis on her personal life, character and personality, and particular quirks.

The prologue summarizes the reign of Elizabeth,especially relating to Elizabeth's mother Anne Boleyn right up to Boleyn's execution.

She was brought up in various households, at different times, including that of her younger half-brother Prince, Edward the son of Jane Seymour and after King Henry's death, the household of Henry's last wife Catherine Parr.
She was heard, in later life, only to refer to her mother twice. While she proudly referred to herself as the daughter of Henry VIII, she was never ashamed to be a Boleyn and kept a ring that contained a miniature of Anne Boleyn. she also, on occasion used her mother's symbol, the falcon, a bird of pray in which the female bird is larger than the male of the species.

At the time of her mother's execution Princess Elizabeth was two years and eight months old. She was a pretty child far more closely resembling her father than her mother, with her red hair as opposed to her mother's darker colouring.
She was soon stripped of her title of princess and declared illegitimate.
Elizabeth who was an incredibly bright child, did not notice that her mother was gone but she did notice the change of her name. She apparently said to her governess. "how haps it governor, yesterday my Lady Princess, today but my Lady Elizabeth?"

Elizabeth must have grown up under great trauma , her mother executed when she was three years old, on her father's orders, all but rejected by her father and declared 'illegitimate.
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The Virgin Queen is a very readable, comprehensive "herstory" of Elizabeth I. Hibbert's biography reads like a compelling novel, making it nearly impossible to put down. Elizabeth's personality comes forth in this book and we are able to see her great strength and her vulnerability. Please remember to stop reading it every now and then and get some sleep.
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As ever, Hibbert handles his subjects thoroughly, interestingly, and in a wonderful flowing writing style. Though there is nothing radical here, it is a great general book to gain insight and information on Elizabeth and her court. Excellent.
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