THE ELIZABETHAN EPIC by Lacey Baldwin Smith


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The title of this sparklingly written book is somewhat misleading, since the author chooses not only to explore Elizabethan England but Spain and France as well with the end of the Middle Ages, the Counter-Reformation and Renaissance science thrown in for good measure. Mr. Smith elicits the politics and character of the age through finely drawn portraits of its major figures--Elizabeth, Catherine de Medici and Philip II--tied together with its most important events. There is little with which scholars would take issue, as the author closely adheres to accepted interpretations and never ventures into the unknown. His picture of Philip is perhaps too ambiguous and medievalists would call his characterization of the Middle Ages archaic, but he writes with sufficient verve that these cavils may be overlooked without serious consequences.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1967
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin