- Publication Date:
- 01 March 2001
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Starkey’s half-biography is a paragon of modern historical scholarship. He tempers the dramatism of earlier historiographers while using contemporary accounts of the early life of Queen Elizabeth I. His stunning account is proof that non-fiction can be both exciting and accurate.
A wonderfully researched book on the life of Englands Queen Elizabeth l, daughter of King Henry Vlll and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It tells the story of Elizabeths tumoutuous childhood to her struggle waiting her turn to become Queen. A reccommended book for anyone who wishes to learn about Gloriana, as she was called, the Queen who brought Spains King Philip and his Spanish Armada to its knees!
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, it focused mostly on her youth instead of trying to tell the whole story in one book.Elizabeth, like most historical personages, was too complex to describe all in one work. I learned a lot about Elizabeth, although I felt the author was making excuses for her behavior.
This is a great book from start to finish. Many people study Elizabeth during her later reign, when she was the strong "virgin" monarch. Starkey decided to focus on Elizabeth's life when it was the most unstable... from birth to her first acts as Queen. Starkey is a great writer and this book is thoroughly researched. If you were looking for a study on her "private" life, you will be disapointed. Starkey only glossed over Elizabeth's well known loves Robert Dudley and the Earl of Essex. This is a great book and anyone interested in Tudor/Stuart England should definitely read this. A must read for anyone who likes learning about Elizabeth I.
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