History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power - and has focused on the early years of her reign. But in 1583, when Elizabeth is 50, there is relentless plotting among her courtiers - and still to come is the Spanish Armada and the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.
We have not, until now, had the full picture. This gripping and vivid portrait of her life and times - often told in her own words (and including details such as her love of chess and marzipan) - reveals a woman who was insecure, human ('You know I am no morning woman'), and unpopular even with the men who fought for her. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.
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By Kay Howlett on 12-06-17
All the bits that other books miss and some of the bits they don't. It makes you consider the dilemmas faced by Elizabeth and how she dealt with them. I feel that I now have a much better understanding of how the court worked and what Elizabeth 1 was really like. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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