Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity

Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity

In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth I is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated; English explorers reached the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict; the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour.

In this illuminating new account of Elizabeth's reign, Helen Castor shows how England's iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity-an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. From her precarious upbringing at the whim of a brutal, capricious father and her perilous accession after his death, to the religious division that marred her state and the failure to marry that threatened her line, Elizabeth lived under constant threat. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

Title:Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141980881
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    Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity Reviews

  • Emma

    Clever and concise, with a clear authorial voice and definitive theme, this is a great intro to the varied issues and dangers faced by Elizabeth throughout her life. ...

  • Bojana

    I love Elizabeth, that's all I'm gonna say. And this bookis nice whether you are novice in her story, whether you are connoisseur and you need to determine your knowledge....

  • Caidyn (he/him/his)

    Earlier this year, I read a huge book about Elizabeth I and she's still a fascinating woman to me. She's so, so interesting. The subtitle for this book is one of those that I agree with and I don't. S...

  • Juliew.

    Examing Elizabeth I through her political and personal insecurities seemed like a fascinating read to me as I have read some of the others in this series so decided I definitely needed to check this o...

  • Pontus Alexander

    Concise but informative - a good little overview of Elizabeth I of England's reign. ...

  • Carolyn Harris

    An excellent short biography of Queen Elizabeth I. Dr. Helen Castor looks behind the Queen's confident public image as Gloriana and examines her precarious position over the the course of her reign. T...

  • Oliver

    Fantastic portrait of a deeply unsettled yet resolute monarch in the face of overwhelming political pressures and traumatic formative experiences. ...

  • Jill

    In my personal pantheon of Great Historical Nonfiction Authors, Helen Castor sits at the tippy top, along with Stefan Zweig, whom I recently raved about in my review of his biography Mary, Queen of Sc...

  • Big Al

    100 pages is barely enough to scratch the surface of Elizabeth’s eventful life, but this brief introduction serves as a compelling character study of one of England’s most fascinating monarchs. El...

  • Chris

    A great introduction to Elizabeth I. Such an interesting character in human history. I was afraid the size of the book (it’s only 115 pages long, and Elizabeth lived from 1533 until 1603 and reigned...