Elizabeth

Elizabeth

The Forgotten Years

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
COSTA AWARD FINALIST 
ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR 
FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

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“A fresh, thrilling portrait… Guy’s Elizabeth is deliciously human.”
–Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review

A groundbreaking reconsideration of our favorite Tudor queen, Elizabeth is an intimate and surprising biography that shows her at the height of her power.


Elizabeth was crowned queen at twenty-five, but it was only when she reached fifty and all hopes of a royal marriage were behind her that she began to wield power in her own right. For twenty-five years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers, who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but to rule. In this magisterial biography, John Guy introduces us to a woman who is refreshingly unfamiliar: at once powerful and vulnerable, willful and afraid. We see her confronting challenges at home and abroad: war against France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggers riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne. For a while she is smitten by a much younger man, but can she allow herself to act on that passion and still keep her throne?
 
For the better part of a decade John Guy mined long-overlooked archives, scouring handwritten letters and court documents to sweep away myths and rumors. This prodigious historical detective work has enabled him to reveal, for the first time, the woman behind the polished veneer: determined, prone to fits of jealous rage, wracked by insecurity, often too anxious to sleep alone. At last we hear her in her own voice expressing her own distinctive and surprisingly resonant concerns. Guy writes like a dream, and this combination of groundbreaking research and propulsive narrative puts him in a class of his own.

"Significant, forensic and myth-busting, John Guy inspires total confidence in a narrative which is at once pacey and rich in detail." 
-- 
Anna Whitelock, TLS

 
“Most historians focus on the early decades, with Elizabeth’s last years acting as a postscript to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Guy argues that this period is crucial to understanding a more human side of the smart redhead.” – The Economist, Book of the Year

Baker & Taylor
A groundbreaking biography of Elizabeth I revealing for the first time the woman behind the polished veneer as she confronts challenges at home and abroad: war against the Catholic powers of France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggered riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne.

Baker
& Taylor

Based on new archival material, a biography of the ambitious Tudor queen focuses on her life at the height of her power, including revolts in Ireland, riots in the London streets of London and a conspiracy to overthrow her.
A biography of the ambitious Tudor queen focuses on her life at the height of her power and the challenges she faced at home and abroad, including revolts in Ireland, riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne.

Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780670786022
Branch Call Number: 942.055 ELIZABET GUY
Characteristics: vi, 493 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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Logovore
Feb 21, 2018

I agree with the author that most biographies of Elizabeth I tend to peter out towards the end of the reign and turn a complicated historical milieu, full of intricate moving parts, into a bit of a cartoonish soap opera. The view here is clear and unromanticized, with reference to primary sources rather than to the previous works on the subject.

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cardigramma
Jun 15, 2016

An outstanding biography of Elizabeth I. The author goes back to original sources, letters, state papers, abstracts, etc. to present a clear and revealing portrait of a complex woman. A must read for any lover of English history.

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