Young Elizabeth: Princess. Prisoner. Queen. (Hardback)
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Young Elizabeth: Princess. Prisoner. Queen. (Hardback)

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Elizabeth I is one of England's most famous monarchs, whose story as the ‘Virgin Queen’ is well known. But queenship was by no means a certain path for Henry VIII’s younger daughter, who spent the majority of her early years as a girl with an uncertain future.

Before she was three years old Elizabeth had been both a princess and then a bastard following the brutal execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn. After losing several stepmothers and then her father, the teenage Elizabeth was confronted with the predatory attentions of Sir Thomas Seymour. The result was devastating, causing a heartbreaking rift with her beloved stepmother Katherine Parr.

Elizabeth was placed in further jeopardy when she was implicated in the Wyatt Rebellion of 1554 – a plot to topple her half-sister, Mary, from her throne. Imprisoned in the Tower of London where her mother had lost her life, under intense pressure and interrogation Elizabeth adamantly protested her innocence. Though she was eventually liberated, she spent the remainder of Mary’s reign under a dark cloud. On 17 November 1558, however, the uncertainty of Elizabeth’s future came to an end when she succeeded to the throne at the age of twenty-five.

When Elizabeth became queen, she had already endured more tumult than many monarchs experienced in a lifetime. This colourful and immensely detailed biography charts Elizabeth’s turbulent and unstable upbringing, exploring the dangers and tragedies that plagued her early life. Nicola Tallis draws on primary sources written by Elizabeth herself and her contemporaries, providing an extensive and thorough study of an exceptionally resilient youngster whose early life would shape the queen she later became. The heart racing story of Elizabeth’s youth as she steered her way through perilous waters towards England’s throne is one of the most sensational of its time.

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781789295191
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 33 mm


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Nicola Tallis's biography of Margaret is a welcome and forthright riposte...[and] forms part of an important and growing area of scholarship on the significant involvement of women in fifteenth-century politics...A well-evidenced analysis of a fascinating woman...compelling. - The Times Literary Supplement

A nuanced and realistic portrait of a formidable and multi-faceted woman. - Tudor Times

This is a stunning debut from a young historian who deserves to be recognized as a major talent in her field. It’s history as it should be written, vivid, colorful, pacy and evocative, but above all authentic and based on sound and innovative research. It’s an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of Lady Jane Grey. Most warmly recommended! - Alison Weir, Number One New York Times bestselling author

A pacy narrative, written with a clear love for and detailed knowledge of her subject. - The Spectator

Tallis’s Elizabeth is a formidable character, fiercely intelligent and remarkably self-possessed. With the benefit of hindsight it seems obvious that she would grow up to become Gloriana. But this engaging and thoroughly researched account of her turbulent youth reminds us that she could easily have shared her mother’s gruesome fate — or lived out her days as just another resentful, red-headed spare. - Katherine Harvey, The Times

Colourful, fast-paced...Tallis has written a gripping account of Elizabeth's eventful journey to the crown. - Nick Rennison, The Mail on Sunday

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Hardback

“Doesn't take the obvious perspective”

Expected to be a boy, Elizabeth was a disappointment to her father on birth. Her mother was accused of much and executed and Elizabeth pronounced a bastard before the age of three. Until her late teens, Elizabeth... More

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“Great book”

This is a thoroughly well-researched, well-written & insightful book.

Like the author, my passion for the Tudors was ignited by my mum, when we went to the National Portrait Gallery. If there is a book... More

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“If you have an interest in Tudor England, treat yourself.”

What a totally fascinating book this is. Elizabeth, as queen, has appeared in many different forms and formats but seldom from birth. To me, this book is the exception in as much as it speaks to the intrigues and... More

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