Elizabeth I (Penguin Classic Biography)
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Elizabeth I (Penguin Classic Biography)

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Published (first published 1987)
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I finished Alison Weir's The Children of Henry the VIII with frustration because she short-changed Elizabeth. Thus I read Ridley's Elizabeth I. Okay, she deserves to be called extraordianry for her religious stand and leadership as a woman in what was a VERY man's world. On the other hand, her inability to make up her mind drove me nuts. Ridley tried to say that she was using an appearancce of indecision as a tool, but I'm not sure. Anyway, by the time I had read 10 to 15 pages on Elizabeth's ch...more
Ridley can certainly summarize complex issues such as the religious conflicts at home and abroad. The authoritative manner in which he writes often camouflages the lack of manuscript primary source materials used and the absence of analysis.

Must say, it often felt as if Queen Elizabeth was a background player, albeit important. Sometimes her role seemed to be tacked on as an afterthought as Ridley extensively covers foreign affairs—fascinating in its right as England shifted from containing Fra...more
I found this when I was browsing the library's biography section, looking for nothing specific. It's not bad. I'm not sure I'll make it all the way through this one. I wonder if there is a better biography of her out there.

It's readable. I wouldn't say, though, that it exactly brings her or the era to life.
one of my favorite historical books. what a different life women led back then, and yet, this woman literally changed history, with her remaining unmarried and turning her country around from nearly bankrupt, to prosperous, and her support of the arts. magnificent!
I felt like I was reading a history book. It was interesting but very tedious.
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