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Queen Elizabeth

Jacob Abbott

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Elizabeth I was Queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and a half years after her birth, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate.
In 1558 Elizabeth succeeded the Catholic Mary I, during whose reign she had been imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lady Jane's intimacy with Edward.
The Earl of Northumberland.
Harsh treatment of Mary.

Lady Jane Grey was an intimate friend and companion of the young King Edward as long as he lived. Edward died when he was sixteen years of age, so that he did not reach the period which his father had assigned for his reigning in his own name. One of King Edward's most prominent and powerful ministers during the latter part of his life was the Earl of Northumberland. The original name of the Earl of Northumberland was John Dudley. He was one of the train who came in the procession at the close of the baptism of Elizabeth, carrying the presents. He was a Protestant, and was very friendly to Edward and to Lady Jane Grey, for they were Protestants too. But his feelings and policy were hostile to Mary, for she was a Catholic. Mary was sometimes treated [Pg 66]very harshly by him, and she was subjected to many privations and hardships on account of her religious faith. The gove. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A brief but excellent and engaging account of the life and character of the most notable english queen that ever existed. Note that this is not the most extensive biography of Elizabeth I, but very useful as a starting point if you're interested in this period of history.

This book gives lots of detail about Elizabeth I without going into so much conversations and minutia. It was first published in 1876, so the style of writing reflects the style from that era. It does give a lot of information about Elizabeth, the personality that she had, the way she dealt with...more

I liked this book. It wasn’t extremely exciting as it was written (though these were very exciting, scandalous times) but was very informative and gave me a lot more insight into the character of Queen Elizabeth I. It didn’t change my opinion of her; I still feel like she was pretty callous and s...more

A peak at Elizabeth the 1st. Reign.

She was strong, tenacious, a leader when Britain
needed a leader. She shaped the future as a world wide leader.

Elizabeth was very vain of her beauty, though, unfortunately, she had very little beauty to be vain of. [grin]

I thought I knew Queen Elizabeth I. I knew her "I have, I know, only the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart of a king" speech to her troops before the battle with the S...more

A great introduction to those interested in the rule and lifespan of one of the greatest English monarchs.

Queen Elizabeth is a very well researched book on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth. The author did painstaking research to get it right. He does a stupendous job at describing the area in which she lived as well as the costomes of the people which shaped her. I would recommend all books by t...more

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