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The Young Elizabeth - The First Twenty-five Years of Elizabeth I (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition) Loot Price: R209
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The Young Elizabeth - The First Twenty-five Years of Elizabeth I (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Alison Plowden

The Young Elizabeth - The First Twenty-five Years of Elizabeth I (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

Alison Plowden

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A lucid, well-researched, but unpedantic narrative of 16th-century English royal life and death at a brutal time when a successful noble was one who kept his or her head while others were losing theirs during perennial struggles for power and position. Biographer Plowden (The Young Victoria, 1981, etc.) relates the oft-told story of Henry VIII and his search for a male heir. His union with Catherine of Aragon produced only Mary. The frustrated Henry had his first marriage declared "null and void" and married Anne Boleyn, who gave birth to Elizabeth. After the troublesome Anne was beheaded, he married Jane Seymour, who did have a short-lived male heir, Edward VI. To continue his matrimonial marathon after Seymour's natural death, Henry married and divorced Anne of Cleves, followed by Catherine Howard, whom he beheaded, and then married Catherine Parr, all without a living male heir. Henry broke with the Roman Church, thereby forging a divided England. After his death, his devout Catholic daughter, Mary, became queen and an enemy of Protestants. Plowden portrays the teenage Elizabeth as a threat to Mary, who kept the former a prisoner in the Tower of London but was unable to find hard evidence of treason before the Privy Council Court. Elizabeth became a heroine of the Protestants and a popular figure. Plowden's assessment of the 25-year-old Elizabeth, who became queen after Mary's death: sharp tongued and a hard bargainer with acting ability but also with hysterical tendencies perhaps inherited from her mother. From her father she inherited physical energy, family pride, vanity, personal magnetism, political instincts, and earthy peasant cunning, thanks to her Tudor Welsh ancestors. She was an apt scholar who learned discretion, self-discipline, and self-reliance, and the author suggests she used her femininity to disarm critics. Plowden proves that history can be fascinating, readable, and entertaining. (Kirkus Reviews)
Elizabeth I is perhaps England's most famous monarch. Born in 1533, the product of the doomed marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was heir to her father's title, then disinherited and finally imprisoned by her half-sister Mary. But in 1558, on Mary's death, she ascended the throne and reigned for 45 years. Respected by her subjects and idolized by subsequent generations, Gloriana was fiercely devoted to her country and its people. In this first volume of her Elizabethan quartet, Alison Plowden charts the history of Elizabeth's first 25 years, telling the tale of Elizabeth's difficult childhood and her alternate status as princess and bastard, culminating in her coronation and the beginning of the legend.


Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 1999
Authors: Alison Plowden
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 256
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7509-2192-3
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Royalty
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > 1500 to 1700
Books > History > British & Irish history > 1500 to 1700
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
Books > Biography > Royalty
LSN: 0-7509-2192-7
Barcode: 9780750921923

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