ELIZABETH I by Donald Barr Chidsey


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Another in the Great Lives In series, this is a fairly concentrated biography of the immortal, enigmatic English Queen that tarries longest over her eccentricities of character and behavior and reveals nothing new or unusual. He underlines the twenty five years of suspense until she was crowned queen; the next twenty five which were spent in avoidance of war; he follows the tides of Catholic-Protestant pressure, of plots for treason, succession and assassination, of defense alliances, of courtships which never came to marriage and of the easily sparked tinderbox of Europe. Her ability to break promises blandly, her parsimony, her insularity, her achievements, her favorites and their treatment, the burning issue of Mary -- all fill in the picture which culminates in the victorious symbol of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. An acceptable -- if sometimes chummy -- briefing.

Pub Date: June 17th, 1955
Publisher: Knopf