Elizabeth I: Queen of Tudor England

Elizabeth I: Queen of Tudor England

by Myra Weatherly

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A biography profiling the life of Queen Elizabeth I, the queen of England during the peak of the Renaissance era. Includes source notes and timeline.


A biography profiling the life of Queen Elizabeth I, the queen of England during the peak of the Renaissance era. Includes source notes and timeline.

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Children's Literature
Queen Elizabeth I who reigned for forty-five years during the "Golden Age" of England is a monarch much studied and written about, and for good reason. As this book points out, Elizabeth "personified the Renaissance era and changed England forever." The first chapter launches the reader into Elizabeth's colorful life by beginning at the gripping point of her imprisonment in the Tower of London for treason. The rest of the book is written sequentially beginning with Elizabeth's charmed birth to her death many years later as a much-loved queen. Though the details of Elizabeth's life are often confusing and involved, the author of this book does a good job of paring those details down enough to be understandable to middle grade readers. The liberal illustrations include actual paintings and drawings of the era, and portraits of various key players help to bring the many personalities associated with Elizabeth into sharper focus. As a biography, the book not only tells a good story but also serves as a research aid for students. It has sidebars with interesting facts, such as the significance of Elizabeth's name or a listing of the numerous men who wanted to marry her. Age-appropriate research tools include time lines, a glossary, print and internet bibliographies, and an index. A family tree of the House of Tudor is especially helpful. Classroom teachers or school librarians whose students are studying the Renaissance or British history will find this book an excellent resource as well as an enjoyable read. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 15.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
Part of an eight-volume set, this series of titles provide basic information on significant figures from the Renaissance era. Elizabeth I describes the political wrangling behind the English Crown set against the backdrop of the power struggle between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. Elizabeth's mother is executed by her father, her sister Mary then has her imprisoned in the Tower of London, and then Elizabeth herself orders the execution of her own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. This concise biography has it all; imprisonment, banishment, war, espionage, assassination, the plague, and beheading are all part of the story of the virgin queen's remarkable life. Upper elementary, middle, and high school students will find these attractive and easy-to-read volumes quite useful for reports. There are pictures, quotes, primary source documents, maps, or sidebars containing relevant facts on nearly every page as well as a glossary and a time line with both world events and events from the subject's life. The "Life at a Glance" page provides just the barest facts, and the print resources listed on the "Additional Resources" page should provide more in-depth information. Using the FactHound Web site for more information by typing in the ID number for this book did not lead to any more information on Elizabeth I. Historic sites are also listed here. Other books in the series profile Christopher Columbus, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, Michelangelo, Francisco Pizarro, and William Shakespeare. These books provide an excellent overview of key historic figures from the Renaissance. (Signature Lives: Renaissance Era). VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any betterwritten; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Lois Parker-Hennion
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-This engaging biography brings the monarch's complicated and fascinating life to light. Weatherly focuses more on Elizabeth's political and social relationships than on her accomplishments as a ruler. Though the subject of Tudor England and its political intrigue is fairly complex, the text is clearly written and highly readable and would be appropriate for students without much background. Though similar in scope to William W. Lace's Elizabeth I and Her Court (Gale, 2002), this book is more visually interesting because it includes well-reproduced color and black-and-white artwork or graphics on every spread. Both report writers and those with a general interest in this topic will find much here to enjoy.-Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Signature Lives: Renaissance Era Series
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Myra Weatherly writes for children and young adults from her home in South Carolina.

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