Elizabeth I Judith M. Richards

ISBN: 9780415481588

Published: January 30th 2012

Hardcover

220 pages


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Elizabeth I  by  Judith M. Richards

Elizabeth I by Judith M. Richards
January 30th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 220 pages | ISBN: 9780415481588 | 7.69 Mb

Elizabeth I was Queen of England for almost forty-five years. The daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn, as an infant she was briefly accepted as her fathers heir. After her mother was executed at her fathers command she was declared illegitimateMoreElizabeth I was Queen of England for almost forty-five years.

The daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn, as an infant she was briefly accepted as her fathers heir. After her mother was executed at her fathers command she was declared illegitimate and led a sometimes scandalous existence until her accession to the throne at the age of twenty-five. Elizabeth oversaw a vibrant age of exploration and literature and established herself, the Virgin Queen, a national icon that lives on in the popular imagination. But Elizabeth was Englands second female monarch, and was greatly influenced by the experiences and mistakes of the reign of her half-sister, Mary I, before her.

During her reign, Elizabeth had to perform a complicated balancing act in religious matters. As religious wars raged in Europe, Elizabeth herself a moderate Protestant, had to manage an inherited Catholic realm and the demands of zealous Protestants. The importance of such familiar features of Elizabeths reign as the presence in England of Mary Queen of Scots and her enduring efforts to take the throne, the Spanish armada, and the origins of English colonial expansion beyond the British archipelago all receive fresh attention in this engaging book.

This new biography sheds light on Elizabeths early life, influences and on her personal religious beliefs as well as examining her reign, politics and reassesses Elizabeths reluctance to marry, a matter for which she has been much praised, but which is here judged one of the second queen regnants more problematic decisions.

Judith M. Richards takes an objective and rounded view of Elizabeths whole life and provides the perfect introduction for students and general readers alike.



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