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Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion Audio CD – Aug 7 2012
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Praise for HERETIC QUEEN
“An illuminating portrait of the 25-year-old woman who led England through religious and political crises with diplomacy, vision and pure force of will.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A searing account of the dark underside of the Elizabethan golden age. Susan Ronald has written a devastating and important reminder of the long, hard road from religious strife to accommodation.” —Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of The World on Fire and The Duchess
“A triumph in an age when religion continues to be a matter of conflict” —Antonia Fraser, international bestselling author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey
“This is compulsive, engaging and vivid history, and a long-overdue study of the religious settlement of Elizabeth I's reign, packed with eyewitness detail. Susan Ronald has the gift of making us feel we are there, caught up in the crises of faith that affected Elizabeth's subjects. In her capable hands, the drama of the English Reformation comes alive.” —Alison Weir, bestselling author of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley and Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings</DIV> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Born and raised in the United States, SUSAN RONALD has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads Of Europe. Ronald owns a film production company and is a screenwriter and film producer. </DIV></DIV> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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What, for example, do you make of this sentence? "Since the beginning of the sixteenth century, there had been a male fascination with the female form, a male need to understand the maternal body's secrets and how a woman could represent both the innocent nourishment of maternity and man's bestial desires."
What idea is that supposed to get across? Since I assume the author would grant that male fascination with the female form started sometime before 1500, what exactly about that fascination had taken a new direction at 1500? I have no idea nor does she make it clear.
Over persecution of Catholics, although there was a degree of reality in Philip II, the papacy and the deGuise led Catholic League fomented rebellions and the occasional invasion. It's reminiscent of a later era with a delicate balance between reality and paranoia during the Cold War. Most interesting is the career of Edmund Campion who a devised theory of tides being related to the moon, amazing in an era before Galileo and Newton provided an understanding of gravitational effects. Ms Ronald doesn't supply any basis for Campion's theory, but his history along with that of other dissidents is very well done.
It's very interesting to see and speculate on the plethora of possibilities for Elizabeth to marry.
Ronald doesn't compare her politics or morality with the somewhat similar career of Catherine the Great. The author engages in a bit of speculation in implying that Elizabeth would have repatriated Mary to Scotland if only James had requested it and taken some responsibility for her good behavior in not becoming a focal point of rebellion. James apparently calculated that would diminish his chances of inheriting the English crown. There is very interesting fresh perspective of the involvement of the Elizabethan theater people, Marlowe and Shakespeare and others, in political intrigues of the times.
The book concludes with an aftermath of wishing for a return of the times under Elizabeth, whose religious and political ideals ultimately prevailed in the development of Great Britain.
A chronology and caste of characters would aid readability. I suppose a more serious and enterprising reader could provide one.
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