Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne

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Harper Collins, Dec 4, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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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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User Review  - mariadelmaria - Overstock.com

I like this book because its informative but you dont feel like you are reading a discertation. Its the story of Elizabeth but he has interpreted some things in a different light than most historians. I didnt feel like I was reading a book I had read before. Read full review

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User Review  - Sophie - Goodreads

This popular biography started out strong but I felt my interest waning in the last third when it got bogged down in religious debate. Overall a good overview of Elizabeth from birth to becoming queen. Read full review

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David Starkey is the Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is best known for writing and presenting the groundbreaking and hugely popular series Elizabeth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. He lives in London.

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