Synopses & Reviews
Elizabeth I (1533-1603) impressed herself more vividly on the memory of the world than any other monarch in the history of England. She successfully established and maintained power while refusing to bow to the wishes of those who believed no woman was fit to occupy the English throne. This biography describes the opulent but cruel childhood that shaped the woman Elizabeth became and details her triumphant reign, as well as the unrelenting forces that opposed her. Exploring the answers to some of history's most persistent and intriguing questions, Jane Resh Thomas has created a compelling account of Elizabeth's life that shatters the myths surrounding her and allows readers an unprecedented view of the queen as a human being. Full-color insert, chronology, bibliography, index.
'The book makes particularly deft use of historical art and engravings, both in color and black-and-white, which helps put faces to what can be a very large contingent of names.'
'\"An obvious choice for a biography assignment, this book should also be recommended to anyone looking for an interesting read.\"'
"An obvious choice for a biography assignment, this book should also be recommended to anyone looking for an interesting read." School Library Journal, Starred
The book makes particularly deft use of historical art and engravings, both in color and black-and-white, which helps put faces to what can be a very large contingent of names.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"informative without being dull, and detailed without being verbose...a well-rounded and well-researched view of this monarch and her times." NATE-Language Arts
A compelling biography of Elizabeth I that describes her triumphant reign as well as the childhood that shaped the woman she became, making clear the precarious balancing act she had to perform her entire life to keep her head. Some of history's most persistent and intriguing questions are examined here and the myths surrounding Elizabeth are lifted, allowing readers an unprecedented view of this powerful queen as a human being.
About the Author
Jane Resh Thomas has written more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including the highly praised BEHIND THE MASK for Clarion. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.