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Elizabeth I (Profiles in Power)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Finally, the much anticipated Second Edition of Christopher Haigh's celebrated and influential study of Elizabeth I. It is not a political, still less a personal, biography of the queen; instead it reappraises her role in government and in the nation, and explores the ways in which she exercised her power. Adept at avoiding the pitfalls of sentiment and anachronism alike,...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Longman Publishing Group (first published January 1988)
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Nicholas Whyte
This is one of the shortest of the various books I have read about Elizabeth I, and also one of the best. Haigh eschews the usual chronology of her life and reign and instead concentrates on her relations with the various centres of power: the church, the nobility, the Council, her own court, parliament, the military, and the people, dealing with each separately over the 44 years from late 1558 to early 1603.

I learned a lot from this revisionist account. The standard picture of Elizabeth as her...more
Molly
Christopher Haigh is an excellent writer. A few pages into this book, I stopped, went to my computer, and looked up every other book he'd written with the intention of reading them all. Having studied quite a lot of Tudor history, his thorough examination of Elizabeth I's reign brought to me a great deal of new information, and all presented in an engaging and thoughtful manner. That said, if you've never read anything about Elizabeth (or just seen the movie) this is not the best book with which...more
Martin Belcher
I read this book as part of my University of Oxford 10 week course on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.

Haigh puts across a short punchy version of Elizabeth's reign, he comes to the point rapidly which is ideal for students in grasping ideas, formulating events and reaching conclusions in a short space of time. A very good book for study. On the negative side, Haigh can be quite scathing of Elizabeth and his conclusion is a little depressing!
Jennifer
Ehhhhh, I'm glad it's easy to read.
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