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Children's LiteratureA well-written biography of Queen Elizabeth I, filled with historical facts, pictures, a timeline, and source list, this title is an excellent survey of England in the 1500s. It is easy to read and never boring. Elizabeth I and her contemporaries were an interesting group, with plenty of deaths by unusual methods, scandals, and war to keep the reader turning the pages. There are enough tidbits and odd facts about the life of the royals, and Elizabeth I to provide the reader with a good historical grounding in this period. Descriptions of London in the late 1500s—the clothing worn, the inability to preserve food, and what it was like to travel—all add up to a picture of an England that is very different from the one we know today. That Elizabeth I traveled with six hundred wagons and 2,400 packhorses when she went forth from London during the summer to see the rest of the country is so startling that the reader will be able to make a clear comparison between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. There is an abundance of reproductions of historical portraits and paintings showing the city of London and its people during this time. These pictures show not only the faces of the people at court, but also the clothing they wore and the furniture they used. There is a picture of the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and one of Elizabeth I on her deathbed. 2005, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Ages 10 to 16.