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Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

The Exhibition Catalogue

by David Starkey and Susan Doran
Hardback
Publication Date: 15/04/2000
  $65.00
An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, famed as England's most successful ruler yet actually doing very little, Elizabeth I is a bundle of contradictions. In this new, lavishly illustrated biography, published to accompany a Channel 4 series presented by the author, David Starkey turns the paradox into a person. Starting with Elizabeth's own speeches and writings, Starkey lays novel emphasis on two things- her faith made her see religion as a purely personal relationship between the individual conscience and God, yet her sophisticated education led her to a smoke-and-mirrors view of politics, in which clever image-making and speech-writing could solve or postpone real problems. The result was a surprisingly contemporary approach to some very modern questions, like civil strife in Scotland and Ireland and the risk of England's absorption into a European super-state. This new approach to the enigma of the Queen's character is presented within a lively and readable retelling of her reign; her love for Robert Dudley, the tragi-comedy of her favourites and suitors, and her epic struggles with Mary queen of Scots and Philip II of Spain.
ISBN:
9780701169398
9780701169398
Category:
Biography: royalty
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-04-2000
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
1x1x1mm
Weight:
0.7kg

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