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Elizabeth I: A True Renaissance Woman

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Elizabeth I and Her Circle
by Susan Doran Details
This is the story of Elizabeth I's inner circle and the crucial relationships which lay at the heart of her personal and political life. Using a wide range of original sources--including private letters, portraits, verse, drama, and state papers--Susan Doran provides a vivid and often dramatic account of political life in Elizabethan England and the queen at its center, offering a deeper insight into Elizabeth's emotional and political conduct--and challenging many of the popular myths that have grown up around her.
Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
by Liza Picard Details
In "Elizabeth's London," Liza Picard immerses her readers in the spectacular details of daily life in the London of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). She examines the streets and the traffic; she surveys building methods and shows us the decor of the rich and the not-so-rich; she even turns her eye to the Londoners themselves, many of whom were afflicted by the plague, smallpox, and other diseases. Picard's wonderfully vivid prose enables us to share the satisfaction and delights, as well as the vexations and horrors, of the everyday lives of the denizens of 16th-century London.
Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion
by Susan Ronald Details
Extravagant, witty, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth I was the ultimate tyrant. Yet at the outset of her reign, in religious matters, she was unfathomably tolerant for her day. Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald delivers a stunning account of Elizabeth that focuses on her role in the Wars on Religion--the battle between Protestantism and Catholicism that tore apart Europe in the 16th century.
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire
by Susan Ronald Details
In "The Pirate Queen," historian Susan Ronald offers a fresh look at Elizabeth I, focusing on her uncanny instinct for financial survival and the superior intellect that propelled and sustained her rise. Based on a wealth of historical sources and thousands of personal letters between Elizabeth and her merchant adventurers, advisers, and royal "cousins," this book tells the thrilling story of Elizabeth and the swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas, planted the seedlings of an empire, and amassed great wealth for themselves and the Crown.
The Queen's Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court
by Anna Whitelock Details
Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen's court lay her bedchamber, closely guarded by the favored women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels, and shared her bed. In "The Queen's Bed," historian Anna Whitelock offers a revealing look at the Elizabethan court and the politics of intimacy. She dramatically reconstructs, for the first time, the queen's quarters and the women who patrolled them. It is a story of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue brought to life amid the colors, textures, smells, and routines of the court.
The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
by Stephen Alford Details
Stephen Alford offers a groundbreaking, chillingly vivid depiction of Elizabethan espionage, literally recovering it from the shadows. In his company we follow Her Majesty's agents through the streets of London and Rome, and into the dank cells of the Tower. We see the world as they saw it: ever unsure who could be trusted or when the fatal knock on their own door might come. "The Watchers" is a riveting exploration of loyalty, faith, betrayal, and deception with the highest possible stakes, in a world poised between the Middle Ages and modernity.
With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation's Soul and Crown
by Benton Rain Patterson Details
In 1586, Philip II of Spain, the most powerful monarch in 16th-century Europe and a ferocious empire-builder, began assembling the mighty Spanish Armada, obsessed with the conquest of England and the restoration of Catholicism there. Elizabeth I--bold, brilliant, and defiantly Protestant--became his worst enemy. With superior seamanship and strategies, Elizabeth's navy defeated and drove off the Spanish fleet. Forced to retreat around the northern coast of Ireland and Scotland, Philip's ships ran into violent storms that wreaked havoc. In "With the Heart of a King," Benton Rain Patterson describes the rivalry's climactic event.
Updated 05/13/2016

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