The Virgin Queen by Christopher Hibbert
Elizabeth I, Genius Of The Golden Age

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In her lifetime the cult of Queen Elizabeth, the virginal genius of a golden age, the "beauteous Queen of second Troy", rivalled that of the Virgin Mary herself. Praised for her wit and high intelligence, her consumate statecraft, her bravery and learning, and for a beauty as "radiant as the sun", she was considered so desirable a bride that even the Pope felt constrained to propose that she would make him a marvellous wife. This book presents a revealing portrait of an extraordinary woman by turns courageous and timid, gracious and violently cantankerous, kind and spiteful, sensitive and coarse, realistic yet grotesquely vain, at once so forceful and so vacillating and unpredictable that one of her principal minister complained in exasperation that she drove him "up the wall". Based on a wide range of contemporary documents and recent scholarship, Christopher Hibbert has drawn a picture of this fascinating and difficult woman, set firmly against the background her tumultuous times.

About Christopher Hibbert

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Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). His work The Destruction of Lord Raglan (1961) won a prize from the Royal Society of Literature. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.
Published October 15, 1990 by Viking. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A portrait of England's Queen Bess (1533-1603), which, despite its author's considerable storytelling skills, fails to demonstrate that she was central to England's ``golden age''-and fails to explain her character plausibly.

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In this work--a History Book Club and BOMC selection in cloth--a skillful storyteller and historian refreshes long-familiar facts about the monarch who lent her name to England's glittering Elizabethan era.

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