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Elizabeth’s 1558 coronation procession was met with an extravagant outpouring of love. Only 25 years old, the young queen saw herself as the nation’s Protestant savior, aiming to provide new hope, prosperity, and independence from the foreign influence that had plagued her sister Mary’s reign. Given the scars of the Reformation, Elizabeth would need all of the powers of diplomacy and tact she could summon.
Extravagant, witty, and hot tempered, Elizabeth was the ultimate tyrant. Yet at the outset, in religious matters, she was unfathomably tolerant for her day. "There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith," Elizabeth once proclaimed. "All else is a dispute over trifles." Heretic Queen is the highly personal, untold story of how Queen Elizabeth I secured the future of England as a world power. Susan Ronald paints the queen as a complex character whose apparent indecision was really a political tool that she wielded with great aplomb.
Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States but has lived in England for more than 25 years. She is the author of The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads of Europe. She owns a film production company and is a screenwriter and film producer.
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By Elizabeth A. Clarke on 10-01-12
Not the best choice for audio
Would you try another book from Susan Ronald and/or Wanda McCaddon?
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The detail is fantastic, incredibly well-researched. Unfortunately, that doesn't always lend well to an audio interpretation. I find myself re-listening to pick up details that I missed so I can follow and too much of this makes for very fragmented reading.
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