The Life of Elizabeth I

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1999-10-05
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one--not even her closest, most trusted advisers. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir shares provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on this enigmatic figure. Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married--was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn? An enthralling epic that is also an amazingly intimate portrait,The Life of Elizabeth Iis a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.

Author Biography

Alison Weir is the author of Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Princes in the Tower, The Wars of the Roses, and The Children of Henry VIII. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.<br><br><br><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

Table of Contents

Author's Prefacep. ix
Prologue: 17 November 1558p. 1
Introduction: Elizabeth's Englandp. 2
'The Most English Woman in England'p. 11
'God Send Our Mistress a Husband'p. 35
'Disputes over Trifles'p. 54
'Bonny Sweet Robin'p. 70
'Presumptions of Evil'p. 89
'Dishonourable and Naughty Reports'p. 110
'The Daughter of Debate'p. 124
'Without a Certain Heir'p. 134
'A Matter Dangerous to the Common Amity'p. 154
'Things Grievouser and Worse'p. 169
'A Dangerous Person'p. 185
'A Vain Crack of Words'p. 202
'Gloriana'p. 219
'A Court at Once Gay, Decent and Superb'p. 240
'The Axe Must Be the Next Warning'p. 269
'Less Agreeable Things to Think About'p. 284
'Princely Pleasures'p. 297
'Frenzied Wooing'p. 311
'Between Scylla and Charybdis'p. 331
'Practices at Home and Abroad'p. 349
'The Tragical Execution'p. 360
'Eliza Triumphant'p. 384
'Great England's Glory'p. 401
'We Are Evil Served"p. 424
'The Minion of Fortune'p. 447
'The Sun Setteth at Last'p. 469
Epiloguep. 485
A Note on Sourcesp. 489
Bibliographyp. 491
Genealogical Tables
The Tudorsp. 511
The Boleyn and Howard Connectionsp. 513
The Dudleysp. 515
Indexp. 517
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