Harrison continues his research in the Elizabethan era with this biography of Essex, eminently readable though sound in scholarship as well. The story of Essex, spoiled, petulant, charming adolescent, who became increasingly vainglorious, greedy, and reckless in his demand, finally culminating in his insurrection with its fatal consequences. It is an old story, but never dull. The inclusion of some contemporary documents, letters of Essex, Bacon and others helps recreate the spirit of the period and the man. Both aspects there -- well balanced. More stolid and less brilliant than Strachey, but should stand on its scholarship.