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Elizabeth's Women

by Tracy Borman

Elizabeth's Women Synopsis

'History as it should be written' Alison Weir, bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series A groundbreaking and fascinating biography of England's most famous queen, viewed through the women who influenced her life. Elizabeth I is often portrayed as a ruthless 'man's woman', who derided her own sex - 'I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman' - and loved to flirt with the young men at her court. Yet she was born into a world of women and it is her relationships with these women that provide the most fascinating insight into the character of this remarkable monarch. As a child Elizabeth was raised by her mother, governesses and stepmothers, while as an adult she was clothed, bathed and watched by her ladies of the bedchamber and her maids of honour. With them she was jealous, spiteful and cruel, as well as loyal, kind and protective. Among her family it was her female relations who had the greatest influence on her life: from her sister Mary, who distrusted and later imprisoned her, to her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who posed a constant and dangerous threat to her crown for almost thirty years. It was these women - and many more - who brought out the best - and worst - in Elizabeth and reveal the woman behind the carefully cultivated image of the Virgin Queen.

The Good Book Guide Review

Any depiction of Elizabeth I inevitably sees her as a woman in a world dominated by men, beginning with her father. But in many ways it was women who shaped Elizabeth’s life and personality: her mother, her ladies of the bedchamber, her sister, her step-mothers, in particular, Katherine Parr. And of course there was Mary Queen of Scots, the rival she never met, who claimed her throne and whose existence and ultimate destruction caused her enormous anguish. Tracy Borman examines these key relationships, and the result is a portrait of the private, more intimate side of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth's Women Press Reviews

Innovative, full of rich, too often neglected female characters -- Antonia Fraser A warm and readable account... irresistible stuff -- Kathryn Hughes * The Guardian * The idea behind her book is genuinely inspired -- John Guy * Sunday Times * Overall this is an enthralling picture of female empowerment and woman's place in this most testosterone fuelled of epochs. It is a thrilling and carefully written book which should grace any history lover's bookshelves -- Roderick Graham * Scotland on Sunday * History as it should be written -- Alison Weir

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099548621
Publication date: 6th May 2010
Author: Tracy Borman
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 464 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the National Archives and English Heritage. She is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and also works part-time for Historic Royal Palaces. Tracy has regularly appeared on television and radio, and has featured in a range of magazine and newspaper articles. She is a regular contributor to history magazines, including articles in BBC History Magazine on the history ...

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