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Marcus Cowper studied Medieval history at the universities of Manchester and Birmingham. He specialized in High and Late Medieval Church history, and received his postgraduate degree for a study on the impact of heresy in the locality. He has edited Osprey military history books for more than seven years and is one of the editors responsible for the creation of the Fortress series.

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The Age of Elizabeth I
1533 - 1603

 
From the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots to the defeat of the Spanish Armada; from the introduction to England of the humble potato to the ravages of the Black Death; and from the colonization of the New World to the creation of some of the greatest works in the English literary canon, the “Golden Age” of Queen Elizabeth I was a roller-coaster of colourful characters and momentous events
 
Born to the ill-fated Anne Boleyn during her brief marriage to King Henry VIII, Elizabeth was denounced as illegitimate following her mother’s beheading in 1536. Brought up far from the royal court, the young princess was nevertheless well educated and displayed a sharp intellect, proving herself a talented linguist, a keen sportswoman and an avid supporter of the arts, drawing pleasure from music, dancing, and theatre. Reinstated by her father in the line of succession in 1544, Elizabeth finally ascended to the throne in 1559, following the brief reigns of her half-brother Edward VI (1547–53), Lady Jane Grey, the “Nine Day Queen”, and finally her half-sister Mary I (1553–58) who had Elizabeth imprisoned in the Tower of London on suspicion of attempted treason.
 
Despite being linked romantically to Thomas Seymour, husband to her widowed stepmother Katherine Parr and a convicted traitor; Philip II of Spain, who sought her hand following the death of his wife Mary I; Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; and two dukes of Anjou, Henri and Francis, Elizabeth never married. Whether her reasons were personal or political, driven by concerns over religious differences and loss of regal powers, the “Virgin Queen” died childless as the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.
 
Upon her coronation Elizabeth cast out the Catholicism that had been in force during Mary’s reign, returning England to the Protestant faith and laying the foundations for the modern-day Church of England. For much of Elizabeth’s reign, her cousin Mary Queen of Scots posed a shadowy threat to the crown, exiled from her own country where her son James VI was declared king in her place in 1567. The next year, Mary sought refuge in England, where for nearly 20 years Elizabeth held her as prisoner until, in 1587, she authorized her cousin’s execution on suspicion of involvement in the Babington plot.
 
Elizabeth proved herself an exceptionally able strategist, leading her country through a period of rapid territorial expansion and military conquest. Under her rule, an English fleet of some 200 vessels defeated Philip II’s 130-strong Spanish Armada in 1588, while adventurers such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh began the English colonization of the New World, with the foundation of the first English colony at Roanoke Island, the naming and claiming of New Albion (California), Newfoundland, and Virginia. Her reign was a time of great cultural achievement also, encompassing the work of playwrights such as Christopher Marlow, Ben Johnson and, most notably, William Shakespeare and of poets such as Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney.
 
Upon her death in 1603, Elizabeth was succeeded
by her cousin’s son James VI of Scotland, who as James I of England became the first king to unite the two countries under a single monarch.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206795
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book fanatic on November 2, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. As a teacher, I plan on laminating some of the replicas of the primary documents and using them in my class. This book is well done for a general overview of a vast and varied time period. The photos are great and I know that my students will enjoy looking through this fine book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dev Gilmore on January 2, 2013
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Oh I love this book!
the interaction and detail is top notch, well thought out and well constructed. It would have been easy to make all the pull out sections gimicy but it works really well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ateal on June 13, 2013
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I love this book. It is probably the best buy I've ever gotten in my life. It is beautifully written and came with many extra documents. Love National Geographic stuff!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LFR2 on April 20, 2012
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This book is full of information. My wife and I loved it. But better yet, our 6 and 3 year old boys appreciate it too! This book is full of fun stuff!! However, the cover price says $40.00, I bought it for half the price on Amazon. It is not worth the full $40.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.J. on July 31, 2013
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I bought this book to give to my niece who was graduating from college with a degree in Secondary History/Social Studies. She loved it and will use it for her classes. There are pull out's of all types that are reproductions of the actual pieces... beautiful book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Claypool on December 17, 2011
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What a beautiful and interesting taste of history. The "interactive" documents, pictures and other related items make this book so enjoyable along with all of the other facts, figures and photographs. I can't wait to share it with my kids!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sushilla on November 6, 2013
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This is a great book. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I expected more pull-outs. If you love history and relics, this is a great book to have. Holding a copy of Shakespeare's will in your hand can certainly evoke certain emotions for the literary lovers, especially since even the paper used was treated to look and feel like the real thing, tattered, old pages, stains on the writing. I suppose its as close as you can get to the real thing.
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By Elizabeth Benitez on September 1, 2015
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Love the posters. I have the constellation one hanging in my dorm.
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