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Good overview of Queen Elizabeth I
March 10, 2017
Simmons biography on Queen Elizabeth I is a good overview of her life, capturing key events and relationhips that illustrate the impact of her reign. Much of his observations are grounded in the work biographer Allison Wier did before him. If you are a student of Tudor history, you won't find anything new here, though it is refreshing for someone to point out that many of the Queen's theatrical tactics that books and movies use against her character were very strategic on her part.
For those not as familiar with Elizabeth I, this is an excellent stating point. Simmons' narrative is interesting and easy to read. He includes excerpts of Queen Elizabeth's own writings, then summarizes and interprets her meaning. From her marital prospects and troubling line of succession to her peace keeping efforts and brave battlefield persona, in this book Simmons explores Elizabeth I and her long reign as Queen of England.