Elizabeth: Apprenticeship

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Vintage, 2001 - Great Britain - 372 pages
An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual yet, she said, a virgin, famed as England's most successful ruler yet actually doing very little, Elizabeth I is a bundle of contradictions.Starting with Elizabeth's own speeches and writings, Starkey lays novel emphasis on two things- her faith made her see religion as a purely personal relationship between the individual conscience and God, yet her sophisticated education led her to smoke-and-mirrors view of politics, in which clever image-making and speech-writing could solve or postpone real problems. The result was a surprising contemporary approach to some very modern questions, like civil strife in Scotland and Ireland, and the risk of England's absorption into a European super-state. This new approach to the enigma of the Queen's character is presented within a lively and readable retelling of her reign; her love for Robert Dudley, the tragi-comedy of her favourites and suitors, her epic struggles with Mary Queen of Scots and Philip of Spain, and the final, humiliating debacle of her relationship with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

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About the author (2001)

Dr David Starkey is a historian and broadcaster, and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In 2000 he presented the acclaimed Channel Four series Elizabeth, and in 1998 he presented David Starkey's Henry VIII, also on Channel Four. He writes regularly for both popular newspapers and learned journal, and is a controversial panellist on Radio 4's The Moral Maze. An expert on constitutional history, he is the author of several other books on the Tudor period.

For further information, and details of forthcoming projects, see www.davidstarkey.com.

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