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All the Queen's Men: The World of Elizabeth I
by Peter Brimacombe
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan;

Burghley: William Cecil, Lord Burghley
by Michael A. R. Graves
Publisher: Longman; (December )

Chronicles of the Tudor Queens
by David Loades
Publisher: Sutton Publishing; (December )

Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History
by Lytton Strachey
Paperback: Harvest Books
ISBN: 0156283107; Reprint edition (March )

Elizabeth & Leicester
by Elizabeth Jenkins
Publisher: Sterling Publications;

The Life of Elizabeth I
by Alison Weir
The long life and powerful personality of England's beloved Virgin Queen have eternal appeal, and popular historian Alison Weir depicts both with panache. She's especially good at evoking the physical texture of Tudor England: the elaborate royal gowns (actually an intricate assembly of separate fabric panels buttoned together over linen shifts), the luxurious but unhygienic palaces (Elizabeth got the only "close stool"; most members of her retinue relieved themselves in the courtyards), the huge meals heavily seasoned to disguise the taste of spoiled meat. Against this earthy backdrop, Elizabeth's intelligence and formidable political skills stand in vivid relief. She may have been autocratic, devious, even deceptive, but these traits were required to perform a 45-year tightrope walk between the two great powers of Europe, France and Spain. Both countries were eager to bring small, weak England under their sway and to safely marry off its inconveniently independent queen. Weir emphasizes Elizabeth's precarious position as a ruling woman in a man's world, suggesting plausibly that the single life was personally appealing as well as politically expedient for someone who had seen many ambitious ladies--including her own mother--ruined and even executed for just the appearance of sexual indiscretions. The author's evaluations of such key figures in Elizabeth's reign as the Earl of Leicester (arguably the only man she ever loved) and William Cecil (her most trusted adviser) are equally cogent and respectful of psychological complexity. Weir does a fine job of retelling this always-popular story for a new generation. --Wendy Smith - Amazon.com
Paperback: 532 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 8.23 x 5.56
Book Publisher: Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ; (October 6, )
ISBN: 0345425502

Elizabeth I: Collected Works
Edited by Leah S. Marcus, Janel M. Mueller, and Mary Beth Rose
Speeches, Letters, Verses, and Prayers
Hardcover: 446 pages
University of Chicago Press (Trd); ISBN: 0226504646;
 

Elizabeth I, Profiles in Power (2nd Edition)
by Christopher Haigh
(Paperback -- September 25, )

Elizabeth I: A Feminist Perspective (Berg Women's Series)
by Susan Bassnett
Publisher: Berg Pub Ltd; Reprint edition (December 1989)

The First Elizabeth
by Carolly Erickson
Paperback: 448 pages
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 031216842X; Reprint edition (December )

Elizabeth I
by Anne Somerset
Book Description Glitteringly detailed and engagingly written, the magisterial Elizabeth I brings to vivid life the golden age of sixteenth-century England and the uniquely fascinating monarch who presided over it. A woman of intellect and presence, Elizabeth was the object of extravagant adoration by her contemporaries. She firmly believed in the divine providence of her sovereignty and exercised supreme authority over the intrigue-laden Tudor court and Elizabethan England at large...
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (November 1992)

The Life of Elizabeth I
by Alison Weir
The long life and powerful personality of England's beloved Virgin Queen have eternal appeal, and popular historian Alison Weir depicts both with panache. She's especially good at evoking the physical texture of Tudor England: the elaborate royal gowns (actually an intricate assembly of separate fabric panels buttoned together over linen shifts), the luxurious but unhygienic palaces (Elizabeth got the only "close stool"; most members of her retinue relieved themselves in the courtyards), the huge meals heavily seasoned to disguise the taste of spoiled meat. Against this earthy backdrop, Elizabeth's intelligence and formidable political skills stand in vivid relief. She may have been autocratic, devious, even deceptive, but these traits were required to perform a 45-year tightrope walk between the two great powers of Europe, France and Spain. Both countries were eager to bring small, weak England under their sway and to safely marry off its inconveniently independent queen. Weir emphasizes Elizabeth's precarious position as a ruling woman in a man's world, suggesting plausibly that the single life was personally appealing as well as politically expedient for someone who had seen many ambitious ladies - including her own mother - ruined and even executed for just the appearance of sexual indiscretions. The author's evaluations of such key figures in Elizabeth's reign as the Earl of Leicester (arguably the only man she ever loved) and William Cecil (her most trusted adviser) are equally cogent and respectful of psychological complexity. Weir does a fine job of retelling this always-popular story for a new generation. Wendy Smith - Amazon.com
(Paperback)

Danger to Elizabeth: The Catholics Under Elizabeth I
by Alison Plowden
Book Description This clearly written and commanding account of Elizabeth's struggle to maintain and uphold Protestantism is enlivened by portraits of some of the most fascinating people of the Elizabethan age. With its rebellions, spies, international intrigue and final victory for the Protestant succession in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, this was a colorful era. And Alison Plowden succeeds in explaining the legacy of religious and political problems which Elizabeth I inherited and shows how she managed to...

Marriage With My Kingdom
by Alison Plowden

Elizabeth Regina: The Age of Triumph 1588-1603
by Alison Plowden

The Children of Henry VIII
by Alison Weir
The royal family may have its problems these days, but as Alison Weir reminds us in this cohesive and impeccably researched book, the nobility of old England could be both loveless and ruthless. Weir, an expert in the period and author of a book on Henry's VIII wives, focuses on the children of Henry VIII who reigned successively after his death in 1547: Edward VI, Mary I ("Bloody Mary") and Elizabeth I. The three shared little--living in separate homes--except for a familial legacy of blood and terror. This is exciting history and fascinating reading about a family of mythic proportions. Amazon.com
Paperback: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.86 x 8.29 x 5.54
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Trd Pap);
ISBN: 0345407865

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne
by David Starkey
The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess; Elizabeth I holds a unique place in the English imagination as one of the nation's most powerful, charismatic, and successful monarchs. Elizabeth usually is imagined as the icy, untouchable figure, re-created memorably on screen by Bette Davis and Dame Judi Dench, but that vision of Elizabeth ignores the turbulent years of her early life, from her birth as the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1533 until her accession to the throne in 1558 after the death of her sister Mary. It is these early years that are the subject of David Starkey's fascinating Elizabeth, which was written to accompany the television series about her life. 

Starkey argues that Elizabeth, in her first 25 years, "had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England, and bastard and disinherited; the nominated successor to the throne and an accused traitor on the verge of execution; showered with lands and houses, and a prisoner in the Tower". He draws on his skills as a respected Tudor historian to produce a deft account of the religious, political, and dynastic maelstrom of mid-16th-century England that reads "like a historical thriller." The book carefully picks its way through the finer points of contemporary religious conflict and the peculiarities of Tudor court ceremony, while exploring also the formation of Elizabeth's character in relation to a murdered mother, a charismatic father, a tortured sister, and a predatory guardian. Highly readable, and written with verve and pace, this is a fascinating account of the young Elizabeth. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk
Hardcover: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.27 x 9.55 x 6.46
Publisher: HarperCollins; (November 21, )
ISBN: 0060184973

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne
by David Starkey
(Paperback -- December 4, )

Fanfare for Elizabeth
by Edith Sitwell
Publisher: Dufour Editions; Reprint edition (December 1989)

Leicester and the Court: Essays on Elizabethan Politics
by Simon Adams
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr;

The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics : The Political Career of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585-1597
by Paul E. J. Hammer
Book Description The Earl of Essex was the last great favorite of Elizabeth I and the leading cultural patron of the final years of her reign. Dazzled by the "romantic" relationship with the queen, modern writers have branded Essex a dandy, a military incompetent, and a political dabbler, and have blamed him for the bitter factionalism that plagued English politics in the 1590s. Using an unparalleled range of manuscript and printed sources, this book presents a very different image of Essex and of the outbreak of factionalism in Elizabethan politics.

Monarchy and Matrimony
by Susan Doran
Publisher: Routledge; (March )

Oxford: Son of Queen Elizabeth I
by Paul Streitz
(Hardcover)

Philip of Spain
by Henry Arthur Francis Kamen
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; (March )
ISBN: 0300078005

Queen Elizabeth I
by John E. Neale
Publisher: Academy Chicago Pub; Reprint edition (August 1992)

The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Adviser to Queen Elizabeth I
by Benjamin Woolley
Publisher: Owl Books; (February 1, )
 

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd: The inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
by Janet Arnold
Hardcover: 460 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 12.50 x 9.75
Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group Ltd;
ISBN: 0901286206

The Reign of Elizabeth I
by Carole Levin
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan;

The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power
by Carole Levin
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press;

The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court and Culture in the Last Decade
by John Guy (Editor)
Book Description This book is about the politics and political culture of the "last decade" of the reign of Elizabeth I, in effect the years 1585 to 1603. It takes a critical and provocative look at the declining Virgin Queen. Many teachers and their students have failed to consider the "last decade" in its own right, or have ignored it, having begun their accounts in 1558 and struggled on to the defeat of the Armada in 1588. Only two major political surveys have been attempted since 1926. Neither allots adequate space to Crown patronage, Puritanism and religion, society and the economy, political thought, and literature and drama. This book will be indispensable to a fuller understanding of the age.
Hardcover: 313 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.27 x 6.27
Publisher: Cambridge University Press;
ISBN: 0521443415

The Sign of the Golden Grasshopper: A Life of Sir Thomas Gresham
by Perry E. Gresham, et al
Publisher: Jameson Books; (May 1, )

Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate
by Harry Kelsey
Listed under Spanish Armada

Two Queens in One Isle
by Alison Plowden
Paperback: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 8.43 x 5.29
Publisher: Sutton Publishing; ; (December )
ISBN: 0750921684

The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age
by Christopher Hibbert

Writing Renaissance Queens
by Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: Univ of Delaware Pr;

Virgin : A Novel
by Robin Maxwell
(Hardcover)

Sir Stephen Powle of Court and Country: Memorabilia of a Government Agent for Queen Elizabeth I, Chancery Official, and English Country Gentleman
by Virgina F. Stern
(Hardcover - June 1992)

The Word of a Prince: A Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents
by Maria Perry
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer; (March )

Elizabeth 1998 VHS
Starring: Cate Blanchett
Listed under History Documentaries

Young Elizabeth: The First Twenty-Five Years
by Alison Plowden
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