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Easy to read and accessible biography for the non-academic.,
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This review is from: Elizabeth I: The Exhibition Catalogue (Hardcover)
Unlike the previous reviewer, whose comments I actually agree with in many ways (i.e. Antonia Fraser is probably the more accurate and deeply written biography of Elizabeth I), Starkey nonetheless manages to produce a lucid account of Elizabeth I's troubled times, putting much into perspective, without delving too deeply into other contemporaneous affairs. This makes his book much more readable for the generally interested reader, and does flesh-out his TV series where in his normal, somewhat camp and waspish manner, Dr.Starkey rushes through events too quickly. There is no doubt about David Starkey's academic credentials, and it was a joy to read a book that had a linear chronology and adequate narrative style.
Well worth a read.