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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Glitteringly detailed and engagingly written, the magisterial Elizabeth I brings to vivid life the golden age of sixteenth-century England and the uniquely fascinating monarch who presided over it. A woman of intellect and presence.

She breathes new life into old sources so that we live the story again and see it afresh. Antonia Fraser "An ample, stylish, and eloquent life of the queen.

Elizabeth I. Anne Somerset. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10 нояб. I’ve read a few other books by Anne Somerset (Unnatural Murder andThe Affair of the Poisons), and they’ve always been entertaining. I was a little disappointed in Elizabeth I, though; not that it’s. Пользовательский отзыв - th. en. petersen - LibraryThing.

I have just finished all 672 pp. of Anne Somerset's Elizabeth I and feel I now know more about her than I ever did before, for all the biographies I've read. I appreciate now her lifelong intent never to marry, but her interest in playing the marriage game as a political pastime. I understand her dilatoriness in all matters of foreign polity and of finance as if it were newly introduced to me, as indeed it was. by. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603. Queens - Great Britain - Biography. Great Britain - History - Elizabeth, 1558-1603. World War, 1914-1918. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on August 14, 2013. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

Elizabeth I ruled England in defiance of convention, exercising supreme authority in a man's world. With courage, brilliance and style, she reigned for nearly forty-five years. Format Paperback 720 pages.

Elizabeth Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort (née Berkeley; c. 1713 – 9 April 1799) was born in Stoke Gifford in Gloucestershire to John Symes Berkeley and Elizabeth Norborne. Her younger brother was Norborne, Lord Botetourt

Elizabeth Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort (née Berkeley; c. Her younger brother was Norborne, Lord Botetourt. On 1 May 1740 she married Charles Noel Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort, younger son of Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort and his second wife Rachel Noel.

Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset is the interesting story of the life of Elizabeth I and her nearly forty-five year rule. Elizabeth made her way in a man's world. She selected her advisers wisely and ruled without a husband. Even though she relied heavily on her advisers, she made her own decisions. The Elizabeth I Study Pack contains

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. To write this remarkably rich and passionate biography, Somerset, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, has made use of royal archives, parliamentary records, personal correspondence and previously unpublished material. Queen Anne is history on a large scale-a revelation of a monarch.

A revelatory new biography emerges that captures the enigmatic life of England's greatest queen--the uniquely fascinating Elizabeth, who ruled for nearly 45 years, had intellect and presence, and exercised supreme authority in a world where power was exclusively male. Anne Somerset examines the monarch and the woman. 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations.

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One of the best biographers I have come across. The author tells the blow by blow of Elizabeth's life with a minimum of analysis and judgement. Most biographers put too much of themselves into the book. I often feel herded this way and that as the author overlays the life with their idea of their subject. In the case of this book, Somerset does a splendid job in telling what was and leaving the judgment to me. I even wish she had said more in assessing Elizabeth's legacy. There was very little in that way. But I can't fault her for writing the book she wanted to write. Overall it's really a good biography, although it was so dense it took me quite a while to finish it - almost a week! A really fine book.
If all that you know of Elizabeth I is what you know from Cate Blanchett's two movies, then you know nothing. Even if you learned that Sir Francis Walsingham was her advisor and Sir Walter Raleigh was her friend. In high school I got an "A" in world history, and in college I earned a minor degree in history. So, literally, I can convey SOMETHING about the Virgin Queen. Like me, she had red hair, and Sir Francis Drake was her champion. And before reading ELIZABETH I, I could have told you that Elizabeth was human and that she was imperfect and she made many mistakes.

Still I did not know HER. So, like movie watchers, I knew nothing.

For me, Anne Somerset's supreme achievement was to teach me the SPECIFICS of the first Queen Elizabeth's humanness. She brought this lofty person down to earth. As I read Elizabeth's story, her image as a great person of history disintegrated and she became just a person. But she remains close to heart.

Please do not misunderstand. This lengthy, though easy-to-read biography is not a psychological treatise. Actually it reads pretty much like fiction. Bloody Mary serves as a villainess. Mary Queen of Scots provides intrigue. Sir Francis Drake leads us to adventure. The Spanish Armada injects suspense. The impulsive arrogance of Lord Exeter makes us shake our heads with admonition. And Elizabeth herself emulates Shakespeare by exiting the material plane with pathos.

God save the Queen!

Extras: Family tree showing descendants of Henry VII (Elizabeth's grandfather), sixteen photographic plates of period drawings and portraits, hundreds of footnotes, hundreds of bibliographic entries, index with detailed subtopics. Maps would have been helpful, but there were none.
If you want to know the reign of Elizabeth in depth and not simply as an overview, this is definitely the book to read. In 575 pages of relatively small font, Anne Somerset spells out who this remarkable woman was. Somerset never lost my attention. It definitely takes time to read this book but few monarchs deserve this kind of in-depth study as much as Elizabeth. Somerset never lets the reader get bogged down in any information that is not carefully explained. The author weaves the names, dates and events into an ongoing narrative that is easy to follow and never leaves the reader hanging. As other reviews have noted, Somerset is unbiased about the strengths and weaknesses of Elizabeth. She presents the negatives about her character, such as the Queen's indecisiveness and her attachment to a couple less than ideal males, in a way that gives insight into Elizabeth. The story never turns into a tabloid version of the Queen. And Somerset clearly points out the positives about this monarch who could dominate the men around her in an England that never before saw a woman like this one. This is a great biography, well worth the time put into reading it. Unless you are a professional historian, you will come to know Elizabeth as well as any 21st century person can. I highly recommend the book.
For most of this book, I was wondering what it was about Elizabeth I that made her so famous through the centuries. The legend of Gloriana and her Golden Age were nowhere to be seen in the detailed descriptions of marriage negotiations, her hesitant and lukewarm foreign assistance, or her being duped by the French king. Where were the sweeping reforms and brilliant handling of foreign and domestic affairs that would surely characterize the reign of such a remarkable woman?

It wasn’t until the last six pages of the book, when Somerset assesses Elizabeth’s reign, that her true achievements finally emerge. Her success was not in grand events, but in the stability and prosperity she brought to her kingdom. Elizabeth kept England out of costly foreign entanglements. She maintained the overall peace at a time when other monarchs faced rebellion and civil war. She restored national confidence and international prestige. She established a national church that would have broad appeal. She upheld the interests of the crown without encroaching on the interests of her subjects.

Somerset offers a detailed and informative portrait of Elizabeth that at times defends decisions and rationales while at others describes her in unflattering terms. When Elizabeth expressed anger, she “shrieked” and “screamed,” words which undermine any reasonable basis for her opinion. Fortunately, these instances are rare and readers are more often treated to descriptions of the various conundrums Elizabeth faced: her personal feelings toward marriage and the pressure to marry; the problems arising no matter who the lucky man was, English or foreign; the pressure to name a successor; how to deal with Mary Stuart; powerful continental enemies who could overwhelm England if provoked, the rise of Puritanism. And these were after her accession. Prior to that, Elizabeth walked a tightrope for survival under both her siblings, her wits and courage all that kept her alive.

Elizabeth was blessed with extraordinary luck throughout her reign, but Somerset points out that she took advantage of that luck. Her councilors were instrumental to the running of the kingdom, but she was the one who appointed them. Elizabeth’s military strategies were often sound; the problem was that her generals failed to follow them.

Elizabeth I comes across as a woman who ruled on her own terms, and quite competently, at a time when women were not seen as capable of effective leadership. If the achievements of her reign were more quiet than dramatic, they are no less remarkable.
Elizabeth I download epub
Author: Anne Somerset
ISBN: 0312081839
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (October 15, 1992)
Pages: 672 pages