James Anthony Froude (1818-1894) was an English historian, biographer, and novelist. His histories, modeled on those of his friend Thomas Carlyle, were fiercely polemical, as was his own The Nemesis of Faith, which questioned the Anglican church. His biography of Carlyle, Life of Carlyle (1882-84), proved intensely controversial in focusing on the great man's flaws as well as his virtues.
History of England From the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth, Volume 11 (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)by James Anthony Froude
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Viewing history as a grand drama, Froude emphasized great personalities and disdained the scientific approach in his historical writing. This epic, twelve-volume narrative presents a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era. Volume eleven begins with a discussion of the character of Elizabeth, and the turmoil which she had managed to (more or less) ride above. The volume ends with John Somerville’s attempt to assassinate Elizabeth and with Mary, Queen of Scots, locked away—with not even her son by her side.
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