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Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne (P.S.)

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An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual—though, as she maintained, a virgin—Elizabeth I is famed as England's most successful ruler. David Starkey's brilliant new biography concentrates on Elizabeth's formative years—from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558—and shows how the experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.

From princess and heir-apparent to bastardized and disinherited royal, accused traitor to head of the princely household, Elizabeth experienced every vicissitude of fortune and extreme of condition—and rose above it all to reign during a watershed moment in history. A uniquely absorbing tale of one young woman's turbulent, courageous, and seemingly impossible journey toward the throne, Elizabeth is the exhilarating story of the making of a queen.

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In this spirited United Kingdom bestseller, Starkey presents a brilliant examination of the formative years of the "Virgin Queen, " recreating a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original documents to depict the princess's tumultuous life before her accession to the throne in 1588. Two 8-page color photo inserts.

About the Author

David Starkey is the Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is best known for writing and presenting the groundbreaking and hugely popular series Elizabeth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. He lives in London.

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emmejo, June 4, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
This compelling book tells the history of Queen Elizabeth I, but instead of focusing on her rule, it focuses on the events that shaped the girl and woman who would one day rule a country. It covers ground from her birth and the treatment a royal infant received, through her rough beginnings of rule. As this is not info usually discussed when historians write about this famous figure, much of the info here was new to me. The author presents information on the schoolwork that helped shape a monarch known for her intelligence, her relationship with her infamous father, Henry VIII, and how his policies influenced her own political opinions and methods, her girlhood letters, and the wildly fluctuating religious and political landscape she grew up in the midst of.

One thing that interested me is the portrayal of religion in Elizabeth's conflicts with Queen Mary. I've often found authors to hold that up as a major source of contention, with both sisters holding strong, opposing views that split the country as they grew up. Starkey's view suggests that while Mary was as devout a Catholic as popular view says, Elizabeth was more compromising and even enjoyed some elements of Catholic worship over the Protestant methods. He backs it up well with examples of each sister's own writings and her laws under her rule.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061367434
Author:
Starkey, David
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Cleary, Beverly
Author:
by David Starkey
Author:
Wells, Rebecca
Author:
Dockray, Tracy
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Queens -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Great Britain History Mary I, 1553-1558.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.00x5.36x1.02 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 8 to 12

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"Synopsis" by , In this spirited United Kingdom bestseller, Starkey presents a brilliant examination of the formative years of the "Virgin Queen, " recreating a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original documents to depict the princess's tumultuous life before her accession to the throne in 1588. Two 8-page color photo inserts.
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