The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison WeirNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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 I is a mesmerizing, stunning reading experience.
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On 7 September , Henry VIII was preparing to announce the birth of a son — his long-awaited male heir — when a second daughter, Elizabeth, arrived instead. Living in a world dictated by the whims of her father, Elizabeth could never be too certain of her position —or her life. Here are 10 facts about this extraordinary monarch. Elizabeth was highly educated by numerous governesses and tutors. Alongside calligraphy and music, she also learnt languages and was fluent in English, French, Latin and Italian. Elizabeth, however, excelled at it and would go on to become known for her captivating and inspiring speeches. Both Elizabeth and her elder sister, Mary, each had supporters for their claim to the throne.
Flame-haired, white-faced and always lavishly dressed, Elizabeth possessed the natural charisma of her father, Henry VIII, and was the darling of her people. Her finest hour came in when she defeated the Spanish Armada, catapulting her to legendary status. Although Elizabeth is now hailed as one of our greatest monarchs, she should never have got anywhere near the throne. She was not only a girl at a time when the laws of succession favoured boys, but she had an elder sister, Mary. It is one of the greatest ironies of history that Henry VIII had been so obsessed with having a son, yet his cherished boy only reigned for six years, dying of tuberculosis at the age of just The second in line, Mary, did not fare much better.
Queen Elizabeth I took the crown of England on January 15, To honor the th anniversary of her coronation, here are 15 things you might not know about Good Queen Bess. A year-old Edward took the throne in , ruling for only six years before dying of a fever.
Queen Elizabeth I was the Queen of England and Ireland who ruled for more than 44 years and is considered one of the greatest monarchs in the history of England. Elizabeth had a difficult childhood. Her mother was executed when she was less than three years old and she had to face abuse by the husband of her step mother. When her step sister Mary I became Queen, Elizabeth was imprisoned and narrowly survived execution. The reign of Elizabeth I is known as the Elizabethan era and is considered one of the golden ages in English history. It was a period of stability and prosperity in which there was flowering of the arts and literature.
Queen Elizabeth I changed the English-speaking world and the course of history forever. Check out these surprising facts about one of the most influential women of all time. This divorce began the English Reformation, as Henry split from Rome and declared himself, not the Pope, the head of the Church of England. Although she kept it on the down low for political reasons, Elizabeth I loved her mother very much. After her mother was executed by her father, and especially after her father died, Elizabeth had a very hard childhood. Her Catholic half-sister, Queen Mary, also known as Bloody Mary for her brief and violent reign, also accused Elizabeth of participating in a rebellion plot. The monarchy fell to her only after her younger brother Edward VI who ruled for only 6 years and her older sister Mary I who ruled for 5 years both died without children.