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Elizabeth : the struggle for the throne

Author: David Starkey
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2001, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this spirited United Kingdom bestseller, Starkey presents a brilliant examination of the formative years of the "Virgin Queen, " recreating a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original documents to depict the princess's tumultuous life before her accession to the throne in 1588. Two 8-page color photo inserts. An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Elizabeth, Queen of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Starkey
ISBN: 0060959517 9780060959517
OCLC Number: 48541508
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2000.
Description: xii, 363 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: 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 --
Dudleys --
Property --
Rival sisters --
Exclusion; Edward VI's will and death --
Queen Mary --
Spanish marriage --
Rebellion --
Retribution --
Tower --
Prisoner's progress --
Imprisonment; the politics of protest --
Imprisonment; personal resistance --
New dynasty? --
New England? --
Royal pregnancy? --
Parliamentary revolt --
Elizabeth's first adventures --
Honourable imprisonment --
Marriage with menaces --
Two portraits; Mary and Elizabeth --
Power ebbs --
Power flows --
Enemy; Cardinal Pole --
Two deaths --
Accession; a new government --
Between old and new --
Coronation --
Religion reformed --
Limits of religious reform; practice --
Limits of religious reform; persons --
Promise fulfilled.
Responsibility: David Starkey.

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In this spirited United Kingdom bestseller, Starkey presents a brilliant examination of the formative years of the "Virgin Queen, " recreating a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes, and tragic plots, while using original documents to depict the princess's tumultuous life before her accession to the throne in 1588. Two 8-page color photo inserts. An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual -- though, as she maintained, a virgin -- Elizabeth I is famed as England's most successful ruler. David Starkey's brilliant new biography concentrates on Elizabeth's formative years -- from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558 -- and shows how the experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs. From princess and heir-apparent to bastardized and disinherited royal, accused traitor to head of the princely household, Elizabeth experienced every vicissitude of fortune and extreme of condition -- and rose above it all to reign during a watershed moment in history. A uniquely absorbing tale of one young woman's turbulent, courageous, and seemingly impossible journey toward the throne, Elizabeth is the exhilarating story of the making of a queen.

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