"In Wilson's hands these familiar stories make for gripping reading."—The New York Times Book Review
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A sweeping panorama of the Elizabethan age, a time of remarkable, strange personages and great political and social change, by one of our most renowned historians
A time of exceptional creativity, wealth creation, larger-than-life royalty and political expansion, the Elizabethan age was also more remarkable than any other for the Technicolor personalities of its royals and subjects. Apart from the complex character of the Virgin Queen herself, A. N. Wilson's The Elizabethans follows the stories of Francis Drake, a privateer who not only defeated the Spanish Armada but also circumnavigated the globe with a drunken, mutinous crew and without reliable navigational instruments; political intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham; and Renaissance literary geniuses from Sir Philip Sidney to Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.
Most crucially, this was the age when modern Britain was born and established independence from mainland Europe—both in its resistance to Spanish and French incursions and in its declaration of religious liberty from the pope—and laid the foundations for the explosion of British imperial power and eventual American domination.
An acknowledged master of the all-encompassing single-volume history, Wilson tells the exhilarating story of the Elizabethan era with all the panoramic sweep of his bestselling The Victorians, and with the wit and iconoclasm that are his trademarks.
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...for anyone who has some knowledge of the events and characters of the time, this book will fill in a great deal of detail about the colorful and important era that changed a tiny island country into a world power.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans | See more reviews from Blog Critics
The Elizabethans is itself a fitting monument to an expansive epoch.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
The Elizabethans is an excellent book for anyone with more than a casual interest in England’s last Tudor monarch...Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
Although the book is organised into four broadly chronological parts, it takes a thematic approach...This does make it rather disjointed in places and there is little overall sense of progression.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
Wilson retains his eye for amusing detail and at the same time skates impressively over swathes of intellectual history.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
...a powerful account of events that have led to and shaped many others...Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
Do not look to The Elizabethans for an authoritative narrative. Read it to understand why, despite 'the Difficulty', Queen Elizabeth I and her subjects still do matter.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
And despite its occasional journalistic off-handedness in phrase, “The Elizabethans” remains an entertaining and useful popular history.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
The Elizabethans is a splendid, easy-to-read overview of Elizabeth's reign from a prolific and always enjoyable writer.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
I've scrawled all over it in the process of correcting its faults.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
This book rekindles my pride and passion for what, without doubt, was our greatest age and greatest ruler.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
“The Elizabethans “is a good mind stretcher for tackling one of the big themes of for 2012.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
...eminently readable volume on the original Elizabethans...Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
More something old than something new it is nevertheless a pacy and engaging read.Read Full Review of The Elizabethans
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