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Queen Elizabeth I

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Long considered the definitive biography of the great Tudor Queen, this scholarly and immensely readable book won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography and has been translated into nine languages.

It is one of the first works of history to receive both scholarly and popular acclaim -- testimony, indeed, to both its authority and readability.

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Paperback, 446 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1934)
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Peter
Jul 06, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
No - not QE2, but the first Elizabeth. I thought in the 60th year of QE2's reign I ought to fill in the massive gaps in my knowledge of England's history, particularly the first Elizabeth. Sarah recommended this book, which she remembered from he "A" levels. It is a magnificent piece of factual story-telling - with no tedious academic references (although Neale was a Professor of English History at University College, London). It is a very modern historical narrative, told with an eloquence whic ...more
Georgia Butler
Jan 02, 2013 Georgia Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
This is the biography, which I read as a young woman (maybe early 20's), that spurred my interest in history generally and English history, specifically. Intriguing read.
Jeremy Perron
Aug 09, 2013 Jeremy Perron rated it it was amazing
When this book was first published in 1934 it was titled simply, Queen Elizabeth since there were no other Queens regnant named Elizabeth to distinguish her from. Nor were their signs of any to come. The future Queen Elizabeth II was then just the daughter of the Duke of York, who was the second son of the reigning King George V. When the new Elizabeth ascended in 1952 they had to republish this book under a new title, which made Neale really happy because now he could sell more books! Known as ...more
Lydia
Apr 28, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
I am told that this biography is the one that all other biographies of Elizabeth I are measured.

The main thing that I got out of this book is that Elizabeth is a good judge of character and luckily for her, she was smarter than most of courtiers --- combined. Her appointment of William Cecil as her right hand was probably her most important decision. It was that initial decision that would make her reign successful.

Because Elizabeth had a strong support mechanism, she was able to withstand the
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1265072.html[return][return]Alas, I was thoroughly spoiled for this by reading David Starkey and Alison Weir on the same subject last year. Though irritated by the writing style I kept hoping that at least I would learn something new; but when I had finished the first quarter of the book without finding anything that had not been covered better by either Starkey or Weir, I decided not to bother with any more.
Erin Cornelius
Feb 26, 2013 Erin Cornelius rated it it was amazing
Neale does an excellent job portraying Queen Elizabeth I as an incredible monarch, adored by her people. This is one of the best biographies that I have ever read. It was easy to follow and well-written. The author portrays how wise the queen was and how amazing her speaking ability was. She was able to deal with multiple attempts on her life and multiple attempts at her crown. She was graceful. I would highly recommend this to all of those who love history or just those who love a good story ab ...more
Catherine
Aug 13, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
You really do pay attention to dramatizations of the time period and see where all the inconsistencies are. Read "Her Majesty's Spymaster" if you want to know more about Walsingham's role in Elizabeth's reign and in Mary Queen of Scots' treachery.
Tom
Nov 22, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
Originally published in 1933, my edition is 1998 re-issue. It is considered the definitive biography of E I.
Megan
Jun 13, 2007 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I read this for my secondary tutorial at Worcester College, Oxford (Culture, Politics, and Society in England: 1558-1660). It was a great read.
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Well-written, thorough, and engaging. I enjoyed it immensely.
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very informative, well written
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Sir John Ernest Neale was an English historian specialising in the Tudor period.
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