Opening with an overview of the reigns of the first four Tudor monarchs, the author emphasizes just how much England was in need of a strong and charismatic ruler, particularly after the disastrous reign of "Bloody Mary." Subsequent chapters examine the make up of the royal court and the personality of Elizabeth herself, showing how her perilous path to the throne taught her much that was to stand her in good stead as Queen.
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Peter Brimacombe is a resident of the United Kingdom.
If Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth piqued your curiosity about the Virgin Queen, Brimacombe’s elegant evocation of “the world of Elizabeth I” is for you.Here we meet not only Elizabeth, the charismatic ruler who ascended the throne in 1558, but the men of her retinue as well. We get to know Elizabeth’s Privy Council of advisers: William Cecil (the principal Secretary of State), Lord Robert Dudley (whose close relationship with the Queen was envied by other councilors), and Sir Christopher Hatton (who acted as liaison between the queen and parliament). Readers also get to know sailors and explorers: John Hawkins (who pioneered naval warfare), privateer Francis Drake (whose “easy rapport” with the queen inspired jealousy on the part of advisers who did not have direct access to Elizabeth), Martin Frobisher (who undertook a transatlantic voyage in an effort to discover a northwest passage to Cathay), and Sir Humphrey Gilbert (who died off the coast of Newfoundland). And we meet Elizabeth’s string of unsuccessful suitors—Philip of Spain, Charles the Archduke of Austria, and Henry the Duke of Anjou. As she navigated between the Protestantism of her half-brother Edward and the Catholicism of her half-sister Mary, Elizabeth was advised by leading theologians. Matthew Parker, her first Archbishop of Canterbury, was a rather conservative Protestant in the queen’s eyes—his only failing was that he was married (she disapproved of married clergy). John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, was another theologian in Elizabeth’s circle—and one who was not afraid to speak out when he thought her religious reforms were headed in the wrong direction. Elizabeth was also keenly interested in scholarship and surrounded herself with men of learning—notably John Dee of Cambridge, who studied astrology, alchemy, and mathematics. She also appreciated the arts and underwrote the work of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Robert Peake, Christopher Marlowe, and, of course, Shakespeare. This slender volume is easy reading, and will delight anyone who is intrigued by Elizabethan England. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Buchbeschreibung Palgrave Macmillan, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near fine. First American Edition. 0312232519 Near fine in near fine dust jacket. First American Edition. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Artikel-Nr. LD10856