Elizabeth: Apprenticeship by David Starkey lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Chatto & Windus, 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Genealogical Tables;
From the cover: An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a mans world, passionately sexual yet she said a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be tamed as Englands most successful ruler. This absorbing new book, by concentrating on the early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.
For in her youth she had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England then bastardized and disinherited. At sixteen she was the head of a g/eat princely household. Not much later she was an accused traitor on the verge of execution in the Tower. Among all this, she had been taught the most advanced curriculum of the day. But it was her lessons in the school of life that mattered more -and that taught her humanity.
Dr David Starkey recreates a host of extravagant characters, mad-cap schemes and tragic plots, while using original documents to point up the importance of the rituals of power and life at court. He writes with admirable clarity about religion and constitutional history. This brilliant book contrasts the daughters of Henry VIII: the pious Catholic Mary and her clever sister. . The key to understanding Elizabeth is her determination not to make the same mistakes as Mary.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 339 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Royalty category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!