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  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241963654
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $30.00

Elizabeth




The authoritative biography on the unknown later years, based - incredibly - on new documents.

History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power -- and has focused on the early years of her reign. But in 1583, when Elizabeth is fifty, there is relentless plotting among her courtiers -- and still to come is the Spanish Armada and the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. We have not, until now, had the full picture.
This gripping and vivid portrait of her life and times -- often told in her own words (and including details such as her love of chess and marzipan) -- reveals a woman who was insecure, human ('You know I am no morning woman'), and unpopular even with the men who fought for her. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.

  • Pub date: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241963654
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Author

John Guy

John Guy is an award-winning historian, accomplished broadcaster and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His previous books include My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, winner of the 2004 Whitbread Biography Award and the Marsh Biography Award, the highly acclaimed dual biography A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More and a history, Tudor England, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

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Praise for Elizabeth

“A beautifully rounded portrait of both the woman and the queen . . . This is a masterful biography”

Amanda Foreman

“A vivid and fascinating warts-and-all portrait of the ageing Elizabeth, backed by meticulous research”

Claire Tomalin


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