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The Elizabethans by A. N. Wilson
  

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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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The Elizabethans by A. N. Wilson

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.


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With The Elizabethans, AN Wilson returns to his winning formula. * Evening Standard * The England Wilson describes is one of perennial fascination to readers of both history and fiction ... for those who are content to revisit some well-known scenes, and encounter some surprises, there is much to treasure. * Financial Times * There is no doubt about the overall power of the pictures he draws. Particularly when he is considering the great literary figures - Sidney, Spencer, Marlowe, Shakespeare - there is genuine excitement and empathy. * Literary Review * Hot on the heels of The Victorians ... His witty conversational style and eye for period detail bring the brilliance and spectacle of the Elizabethan age vividly to life. * Sunday Express * a compulsive read. * Country Life *


About the Author

A. N. Wilson

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.

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Publication date

6th September 2012

Author

A. N. Wilson

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

ISBN

9780099547143

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