Alida Malkus knows her Latin American background intimately- her American Southwest. But she's way out of her field in this inexcusably thin biography. What reason for Elizabeth's saccharine thoughts about the issues that colored her youth? That Henry VIII married six times because he was ""lonely""? That Mary Tudor's temperament excused her animosities towards her half-sister, and so on. Most of the book centers on Elizabeth's troubled youth and the troubled England that was its setting. Little focus is given to the flowering of England during her rule. There are many better books on ""good Queen Bess"". Douglas Gorsline has furnished the text with meticulous drawings.