This is the Elizabethans from top to bottom from political intrigue to beggars on the streets. It is energetic, comprehensive and very compulsive reading. After reading A N Wilson’s history I can’t help feeling I might have indulged in a spot of time travel, if you want to get a feel for the period this an excellent starting point.
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England under Elizabeth I: A time of war and plague, politics and rebellion, personal heroism and religious fanaticism. When if you were born poor you stayed poor, and the thumbscrews and the rack could be the grim prelude to the executioner's block. But it was also an age that encouraged literary genius, global exploration, and timeless beauty. It was when the lowly privateer Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe with no reliable navigational instruments and only a drunken, mutinous crew for company. When the Queen's favourite, the wealthy and handsome Robert Dudley, was widely suspected of having killed his wife. And when only the machinations of ruthless intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham prevented Elizabeth's kingdom from descending into anarchy and political chaos.
Publication date: 06/09/2012
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||6th September 2012|
|Author:||A. N. Wilson|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,|
A.N. Wilson grew up in Staffordshire, where his father was Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His last novel Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London. Author photo © Magali DelporteMore About A. N. Wilson