Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne

by David Starkey
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Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey

An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man's world, passionately sexual—though, as she maintained, a virgin—Elizabeth I is famed as England's most successful ruler. David Starkey's brilliant new biography concentrates on Elizabeth's formative years—from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558—and shows how the experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.

From princess and heir-apparent to bastardized and disinherited royal, accused traitor to head of the princely household, Elizabeth experienced every vicissitude of fortune and extreme of condition—and rose above it all to reign during a watershed moment in history. A uniquely absorbing tale of one young woman's turbulent, courageous, and seemingly impossible journey toward the throne, Elizabeth is the exhilarating story of the making of a queen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061367434
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 645,235
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

David Starkey is the Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and winner of the W. H. Smith Prize and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History presented by Britain's Historical Association. He is best known for writing and presenting the groundbreaking and hugely popular series Elizabeth and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. He lives in London.

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Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been interested in Elizabeth I, along with much of English history. This book has been the most thorough source I've found on her. It gives the facts, along with some of the author's opinions. But at least, he tells you when it is fact, and when it is opinion. This book is so great for any history-loving person, and those especially interested in English Monarch history. Also I imagine it would be great for a report source. The book is definitely not boring, contrary to popular belief about history books (with the exception of the few very last chapters of the book, discussing religious dissention). It also gives great information about the time period, and other famous people of the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book on Elizabeth's early years. My favorite book about Elizabeth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant.   Exciting and thoroughly enjoyable.    David Starkey is certainly unsurpassed in his field.
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CrazeeInAz More than 1 year ago
A historically accurate and interesting story - love the writing style and the story
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is one of the few books that I looked at because of my interest in Elizabeth I. The facts and the story are tald well but to me the book lacks exitement and after reading it for awile it gets boring. There were many times that I felt like leaving the book aside but my love for the queen kept me going on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was extremely well researched and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I agree with the previous review that something that is scholarly does NOT have to be turgid and moribund. Be prepared though, this book deals primarily with Elizabeth before she becomes queen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess some people didn't like the fact that this is an easy read, but I did. Sure, it's not rock-hard History, but it's fun to read, it tells a compelling story, and it's well written. We could use more history like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth has fascinated me since I was in the third grade,I read anyhting I could about her,this was my first biography of her and it was tremendously boring,whenever it seemd it was going to focuse on her it went to another person.It was annoying,I've read other biography's about her I think 3,this one was by far the worst!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource book if you are studying or writing a paper on Queen Elizabeth I of England. There is so much detail and quotes that are very helpful. This got me an A for my college term paper. Read this book if you have a paper, it's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. It is extremely thorough and complete and it is wonderful to use as a source to include in a report. It's also good reading. Very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right, so i read this book immediatly after taking a class in Tudor History. Having a semblence of background on the available sources for a subject like this, i found this book to be tactless and sensationalized. I could not wait to finish it and get rid of it... Not reccomended if you want a serious view of Elizabeth's life...look at the reviews above...this book is applauded for being "racy" . I'd place this book on the same the same level as the National Enquirer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knowing little about Elizabeth (except from the few movies I've seen), it gave me a interesting look into her early life. Also gave me a general idea of the religious conflicts that took place during this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the blurb, I had expected something totally new. All that was read was the same old stuff, with a few pyschological details thrown in. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really good for giving lots of information that I wanted to know about this fascinating person. Not only is it great for pleasure, but it is good for doing a report or research.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would like to see it in Nook version