The Young Elizabeth: The First Twenty-Five Years of Elizabeth I

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In this, the first volume of her acclaimed Elizabethan quartet, Alison Plowden charts the history of Elizabeth's first twenty five years, telling the tale of Elizabeth's difficult childhood, and her alternate status as princess and bastard, culminating in her coronation and the beginning of the legend.
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Overview

In this, the first volume of her acclaimed Elizabethan quartet, Alison Plowden charts the history of Elizabeth's first twenty five years, telling the tale of Elizabeth's difficult childhood, and her alternate status as princess and bastard, culminating in her coronation and the beginning of the legend.
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Library Journal
This revised first volume of Plowden's highly praised Elizabethan quartet covers the first 25 years of the life of England's Virgin Queen. Given the extraordinary drama of Elizabeth's reign, readers may be forgiven for imagining that Princess Elizabeth's childhood and youth could not be as interesting as her later years as queen. But as Plowden makes clear, the young princess, who grew up knowing that her beloved father had had her mother executed, needed all her intelligence and courage just to survive long enough to claim the throne. One day a princess, the next a bastard, Elizabeth grew up amongst associates whose foolish plots endangered her and enemies who openly wished for her death, all of which makes for a thoroughly engrossing read. Moviegoers unhappy about the many inaccuracies in the recent film Elizabeth can rest assured that this is a well-researched biography. A strong addition to academic and public libraries; recommended even for libraries that have purchased other recent titles e.g., Alison Weir's The Life of Elizabeth I, LJ 7/98 about Elizabeth. Given the recent revival of interest in the era, this is certainly a reasonable purchase.--Elizabeth Mary Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A lucid, well-researched, but unpedantic narrative of 16th-century English royal life and death at a brutal time when a successful noble was one who kept his or her head while others were losing theirs during perennial struggles for power and position. Biographer Plowden (The Young Victoria, 1981, etc.) relates the oft-told story of Henry VIII and his search for a male heir. His union with Catherine of Aragon produced only Mary. The frustrated Henry had his first marriage declared "null and void" and married Anne Boleyn, who gave birth to Elizabeth. After the troublesome Anne was beheaded, he married Jane Seymour, who did have a short-lived male heir, Edward VI. To continue his matrimonial marathon after Seymour's natural death, Henry married and divorced Anne of Cleves, followed by Catherine Howard, whom he beheaded, and then married Catherine Parr, all without a living male heir. Henry broke with the Roman Church, thereby forging a divided England. After his death, his devout Catholic daughter, Mary, became queen and an enemy of Protestants. Plowden portrays the teenage Elizabeth as a threat to Mary, who kept the former a prisoner in the Tower of London but was unable to find hard evidence of treason before the Privy Council Court. Elizabeth became a heroine of the Protestants and a popular figure. Plowden's assessment of the 25-year- old Elizabeth, who became queen after Mary•s death: sharp tongued and a hard bargainer with acting ability but also with hysterical tendencies perhaps inherited from her mother. From her father she inherited physical energy, family pride, vanity, personal magnetism, political instincts, and earthy peasant cunning, thanks to her Tudor Welshancestors. She was an apt scholar who learned discretion, self-discipline, and self-reliance, and the author suggests she used her femininity to disarm critics. Plowden proves that history can be fascinating, readable, and entertaining.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750921923
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Genealogical Table
Prologue
I A Gentleman of Wales 1
II The King's Great Matter 17
III 'An Incredible Fierce Desire to Eat Apples' 33
IV 'Anne Sans Tete' 49
V The King's Daughter 64
VI Elizabeth's Admiral 80
VII 'The Peril that Might Ensue' 97
VIII Sweet Sister Temperance 115
IX The Queen's Sister 132
X 'We Are All Englishmen' 149
XI Elizabeth, Prisoner 167
XII 'A Second Person' 185
XIII England's Elizabeth 201
Notes 217
Select Bibliography 225
Index 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    A rare find in an overcrowded, overwritten field.

    Plowden's The Young Elizabeth is history told with grace and economy, a rarity in a field that sometimes seems dominated by 800-page epics that relate less core knowledge about their subjects than Plowden accomplishes in a quarter of their space. The author manages to maintain her credibilty throughout the text while retaining a style that is both intimate and sympathetic, a credit to her judgment and an indication of her enthusiamsm for her subject.

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