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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Professers have something to learn from perceptive women in penetrating the very feminine psychology of Elizabeth I' - A.L. Rowse, Sunday Telegraph
Paperback, 746 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Sutton Publishing
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Jun 24, 2014 C.S. Burrough rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Alison Plowden is a queen of this genre. Her writing is addictive. Her research is meticulous, her detail mindboggling, her immortalised subject re-humanised. Elizabeth's life was fascinating regardless whose account you read - and I've read dozens - but this is among the better ones.

With her mother, Anne Boleyn, executed when Elizabeth was two, and her parents' marriage annulled, she was declared illegitimate. At twenty-five this dogged survivor succeeded her half-sister 'Bloody Mary', who had
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actually four separate books inside a single cover - Young Elizabeth (1971), Danger to Elizabeth (1973), Marriage with My Kingdom: The Courtships of Queen Elizabeth I (1977) and Elizabeth Regina (1980), all slightly updated in 2004 (so references to the horrors of the twentieth century have been updated to the horrors of the twenty-first).

The standout book for me, with a lot of material I hadn't really considered before, was the second, Danger to Elizabeth
This was the most interesting and accessible analysis of Elizabeth Tudor's life that I have did not bore the living daylights out of me and I learned a lot that I didn't know (and I have been mad about Elizabeth since my teens). It is scholarly, but readable. I even learned two new words (pertinacious and tergiversate)!!!
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