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Starkey argues that Elizabeth, in her first 25 years, "had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England, and bastard and disinherited; the nominated successor to the throne and an accused traitor on the verge of execution; showered with lands and houses, and a prisoner in the Tower". He draws on his skills as a respected Tudor historian to produce a deft account of the religious, political, and dynastic maelstrom of mid-16th-century England that reads "like a historical thriller." The book carefully picks its way through the finer points of contemporary religious conflict and the peculiarities of Tudor court ceremony, while exploring also the formation of Elizabeth's character in relation to a murdered mother, a charismatic father, a tortured sister, and a predatory guardian. Highly readable, and written with verve and pace, this is a fascinating account of the young Elizabeth. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Elizabeth's political mastery was not a born characteristic. Rather, it is the constant struggle to rise about her illegitimacy into Queen that created the great Elizabeth. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2012 by Anne_Boleyn
This biography by David Starkey tells a story of Elizabeth during her early years, as a princess and during the first several years as Queen of England. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by lordhoot
A great book. After you read this book, you will have more sympathy and respect for Elizabeth I. A neglected early childhood, loved and protected by faithful servants to whom she... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
It's both a rarity and a treat to find a history book that reads like a novel. Starkey's book is an amazing view into the early life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and a must-read... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Amanda Giarratano
Starkey's enjoyable Elizabethan entry is neither biography nor traditional history, but rather a fast-moving narrative that turns Elizabeth's pre-coronation life into a suspenseful... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2003 by schapmock
I've read many books on Elizabeth I. This is one of my favorites. Its concentrated, well-written and leaves you craving to learn more about her later years. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003
David Starkey has written a good but not necessarily great look at the early life of Elizabeth, starting from before her birth and ending (for the main part) just past her first... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by "cptned"
This is a well researched and documented book which gives appeals to the reader who wishes to be both entertained and informed. Read morePublished on July 10 2002 by Hannah
While this book is quite easy to read and moderatly entertaining, Mr. Starkey seems intent on bringing Elizabeth down a notch. Read morePublished on June 30 2002