Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I

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Elizabeth I (1533-1603) impressed herself more vividly on the memory of the world than any other monarch in the history of England. She successfully established and maintained power while refusing to bow to the wishes of those who believed no woman was fit to occupy the English throne. This biography describes the opulent but cruel childhood that shaped the woman Elizabeth became and details her triumphant reign, as well as the unrelenting forces that opposed her. Exploring the answers to some of history's most ...

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Overview

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) impressed herself more vividly on the memory of the world than any other monarch in the history of England. She successfully established and maintained power while refusing to bow to the wishes of those who believed no woman was fit to occupy the English throne. This biography describes the opulent but cruel childhood that shaped the woman Elizabeth became and details her triumphant reign, as well as the unrelenting forces that opposed her. Exploring the answers to some of history's most persistent and intriguing questions, Jane Resh Thomas has created a compelling account of Elizabeth's life that shatters the myths surrounding her and allows readers an unprecedented view of the queen as a human being. Full-color insert, chronology, bibliography, index.

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"An obvious choice for a biography assignment, this book should also be recommended to anyone looking for an interesting read." School Library Journal, Starred

The book makes particularly deft use of historical art and engravings, both in color and black-and-white, which helps put faces to what can be a very large contingent of names.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"informative without being dull, and detailed without being verbose...a well-rounded and well-researched view of this monarch and her times." NATE-Language Arts

Susan Marie Swanson
Behind the Mask does not simplify a life full of confusing power struggles. It attends to essentials: key events in the life of Elizabeth I, and aspects of that life that spoke most vividly to the author of this fine biography. -- Riverbank Review
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
When she was only two years old, Elizabeth lost her mother, Ann Boleyn. Elizabeth takes her personal misfortune and turns it around to make a difference in the world. She grew up learning much about power struggles and intrigues. Using that knowledge, she led one of the longest, strongest reigns in English history. The reader will get a good sense of how Elizabeth surmounted the limitations of governing in a time of religious turmoil and female powerlessness. Thomas' small details make the woman and the era real: the elegance of costuming, how poor sanitation had the court switching palaces every two weeks, King Phillips' collection of 7,422 saints' bones, and the blow by blow account of Mary Queen of Scots' gruesome beheading. These details rival the intrigues that so dominated Good Queen Bess's reign.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The Clarion series of biographies never ceases to impress with its high standards of scholarship, lovely presentation~and most importantly, readability. Thomas's life of Elizabeth I meets all of these qualifications. With the operatic film Elizabeth currently fascinating audiences, this is a must read for kids and adults alike. It gives the opportunity to sort out the labyrinthine bloodlines and bloodier politics of the period. The book also creates a poignant image of the young Elizabeth's childhood. Readers will come away delighted that they were not born to wear the crown.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Elizabeth's early life was fraught with loss: her mother Anne Boleyn was beheaded, she was disinherited and even sent to the Tower for a short time by Queen Mary. That she survived and succeeded is a tribute to her own intelligence and cleverness. She knew that she had to have the people on her side always. She was also determined never to marry. She knew that as a woman she would be considered second to her husband who would rule her and the country. Readers will discover here a completely human picture of Elizabeth, from her vanity to her brilliance. She remains one of England's most beloved royal figures. Adults as well as children will find this to be compelling reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395691205
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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    The Greatest Book!! :)

    This book is REALLY good. It is probly the best book I have ever read. It keeps your attention and is very informative. I would recomend this book to Any and Everybody.

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