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Elizabeth : the struggle for the throne

Autore: David Starkey
Editore: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©2001.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : English : 1st edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England's most successful ruler. This biography, by concentrating on the formative early years--from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558--shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs. In growing up, Elizabeth experienced every  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Persona incaricata: Elizabeth, Queen of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England
Tipo materiale: Biography
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: David Starkey
ISBN: 0060184973 9780060184971
Numero OCLC: 45417300
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2000.
Descrizione: xii, 363 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Contenuti: Introduction: The Struggle for the Throne --
Birth --
Family --
Infancy and Mother's Death --
Childhood and Education --
Rehabilitation --
Stepmother: Catherine Parr --
Reformed Religion --
Royal Father --
Father's Death --
Brother: King Edward VI --
Stepfather: Thomas Seymour --
Adulthood --
Hatfield: Further Education --
The Dudleys --
Property --
Rival Sisters --
Exclusion: Edward VI's Will and Death --
Queen Mary --
The Spanish Marriage --
Rebellion --
Retribution --
The Tower --
Prisoner's Progress --
Imprisonment: The Politics of Protest --
Imprisonment: Personal Resistance --
A New Dynasty? --
A New England? --
A Royal Pregnancy? --
Parliamentary Revolt --
Elizabeth's First Adventurers --
Honourable Imprisonment --
Marriage with Menaces --
Two Portraits: Mary and Elizabeth --
Power Ebbs --
Power Flows --
The Enemy: Cardinal Pole --
Two Deaths --
Accession: A New Government --
Between Old and New --
Coronation --
Religion Reformed --
The Limits of Religious Reform: Practice --
The Limits of Religious Reform: Persons --
Promise Fulfilled.
Responsabilità: David Starkey.

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An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England's most successful ruler. This biography, by concentrating on the formative early years--from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558--shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs. In growing up, Elizabeth experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme of condition. She was three years old at the time of her mother's execution; when she was a young woman, her step-father cut her dress off of her with a knife. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England--then bastardized and disinherited. At sixteen she was the head of a great princely household. Yet she was also an accused traitor on the verge of execution. Amid all this, she had mastered the most advanced classical curriculum of the day. But it was her lessons in the school of life that mattered more--and that taught her her humanity. David Starkey re-creates a host of extravagant characters, madcap schemes and tragic plots, while using original documents to point up the importance of the rituals of power and life at court. Elizabeth, whose own Protestant faith was personal and sophisticated, was extremely judicious in her handling of Reform, as in her choice of advisors and councilors. Here, too, is a fresh view of the famous rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII: the pious Catholic Mary and her clever sister. While Elizabeth remained utterly devoted to her father, she was also determined not to lose her opportunity for power--and not to make the same mistakes as Mary. The skill with which she achieved her goal proved to be a sign that England had reached a watershed moment in its history. Starkey's close attention to detail and vivid storytelling ability combine to produce a narrative of these extraordinary years that reads like a novel.

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