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Elizabeth I : Her Life In Letters

Pryor , Felix

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ISBN 10: 0520241061 / ISBN 13: 9780520241060
Published by University Of California Press, Berkeley, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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As new . A beautiful volume , profusely illustrated in color . Prepared from the materials of The British Library . Dust jacket is protected with a mylar cover . Bookseller Inventory # 008152

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Title: Elizabeth I : Her Life In Letters

Publisher: University Of California Press, Berkeley

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603) ruled England for 45 turbulent years and her reign has come to be seen as a golden age. She exercised supreme authority in a man's world, while remaining intensely feminine. This volume has been published to commemorate the 400th anniversary of her death in 1603. It illustrates in colour and (where possible) actual size, a selection of 60 manuscripts - either by Elizabeth or to her - from the British Library, Public Record Office, Hatfield House and other great libraries. Each is accompanied by a commentary, explaining the document and placing it in its historical context. Elizabeth was a girl of extraordinary precocity and a brilliant linguist. Her early letters, written in a beautiful italic, are to her forbidding father, Henry VIII, and to her brother and sister, Edward VI and Mary. Also included in the book are highly dramatic letters exchanged with Mary Queen of Scots; declarations of love from the Earl of Essex, followed a few pages on by her signed warrant for his execution; and a letter from Tsar Ivan the Terrible, who rounds on her in a blind fury after she refuses to marry him.

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"An inimitable collection of documents giving insight into one of the most public and yet most enigmatic of English monarchs, Elizabeth I peers behind the carefully fashioned veil with which Queen Elizabeth dissembled and cloaked her persona."—Thomas G. Barnes, author of Somerset 1625-1640

"A superb opportunity to examine the complex and multi-faceted life of Queen Elizabeth. Pryor has produced an excellent collection that is both informative and great fun to read."—Muriel C. McClendon, author of The Quiet Reformation

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