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Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy
  

Elizabeth The Forgotten Years

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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016.

This gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth I's life and times - often told in her own words ('You know I am no morning woman') - reveals a woman who is fallible, increasingly insecure, and struggling to lead Britain. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.

Costa judges's comment: “A compelling, visceral portrait of a monarch whose powers are on the wane. A tour de force.”

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Synopsis

Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy

An ageing queen, an heirless state, conspiracy all round: here is the court of Elizabeth I as never known before History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not so simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is fifty years old, past childbearing, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; relentless plotting among her courtiers.

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'John Guy's Elizabeth presents a beautifully rounded portrait of both the woman and the queen. Thanks to Guy's prodigious use of previously untapped material, we see, for the very first time, the full panoply of ambition and insecurity, plotting and deceit that marked the middle years of her reign. This is a masterful biography.' -- Amanda Foreman

'As you'd expect from John Guy, this is a very good read, a vivid and fascinating warts-and-all portrait of the ageing Elizabeth, backed by meticulous research' -- Claire Tomalin

'A gripping story of Queen Elizabeth's last years, authoritatively researched and engagingly recounted by the leading Tudor historian of our age. It will be of special interest to anyone interested in the political world in which Shakespeare's Elizabethan drama is steeped-from anxiety over royal succession to England's costly war in Ireland' -- James Shapiro, author of 1599 and 1606

About the Author

John Guy

Professor John Guy is the author of numerous histories, including Tudor England, which has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. He is a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge and also lectures in the Faculty of History. He became an Honorary Research Professor of the University of St Andrews in 2003

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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2016

Author

John Guy

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Author's Website

www.tudors.org/

Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
512 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Biography: royalty

Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

ISBN

9780670922253

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