Elizabeth'S Women: Friends, Rivals, And Foes Who Shaped The Virgin Queen
Elizabeth'S Women: Friends, Rivals, And Foes Who Shaped The Virgin Queen

Elizabeth'S Women: Friends, Rivals, And Foes Who Shaped The Virgin Queen

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A source of endless fascination and speculation, the subject of countless biographies, novels, and films, Elizabeth I is now considered from a thrilling new angle by the brilliant young historian Tracy Borman. So often viewed in her relationships with men, the Virgin Queen is portrayed here as the product of womenthe mother she lost so tragically, the female subjects who worshipped her, and the peers and intimates who loved, raised, challenged, and sometimes opposed her.

In vivid detail, Borman presents Elizabeths bewitching mother, Anne Boleyn, eager to nurture her new child, only to see her taken away and her own life destroyed by damning allegationswhich taught Elizabeth never to mix politics and love. Kat Astley, the governess who attended and taught Elizabeth for almost thirty years, invited disaster by encouraging her charge into a dangerous liaison after Henry VIIIs death. Mary TudorBloody Maryenvied her younger sisters popularity and threatened to destroy her altogether. And animosity drove Elizabeth and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots into an intense thirty-year rivalry that could end only in death.

Elizabeths Women contains more than an indelible cast of characters. It is an unprecedented account of how the public posture of femininity figured into the English court, the meaning of costume and display, the power of fecundity and flirtation, and how Elizabeth herselflong viewed as the embodiment of feminismshared popular views of female inferiority and scorned and schemed against her underlings marriages and pregnancies.

Brilliantly researched and elegantly written, Elizabeths Women is a unique take on historys most captivating queen and the dazzling court that surrounded her.

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