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The Virgin Queen: Personal History of Elizabeth I Paperback – 30 Apr 1992
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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Found interesting. Will use as reference in future
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I found this book extremely tedious to read. I feel I know just as much about her now I've finished this book as I did before. Read morePublished 10 months ago by alicat
If you like Tudor history then this is the book for you the author brings to life the political and the intriguing time that was elizabeth excellent readPublished 14 months ago by Lebuchanan
The Virgin Queen. Detail is excellent, but may not be suitable for those that like a quick read.Published 14 months ago by Anton
best historical book I have read recently, factual and a page turner.Published 14 months ago by peter john
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