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Elizabeth I, Queen
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Hi! Insomnia is a wonderful thing ... I was clicking on some of my interests, looking for new comms to join, and found this one. I'm delighted because Queen Elizabeth is my favourite historical figure and, I believe, a great icon of strong womanhood. To put it simply, Elizabeth I is my hero. She faced so much adversity in her life (right from conception!) and overcame it all. She was a strong, intelligent woman ruling in a man's world. She lived in an era of fanatical religious and political belief, yet was herself moderate. I think her modern-ness, if that's a word, is what endears her most to me. She didn't take any shit from anyone, she was independent and detached, yet empathetic.
I'm absolutely obsessed with Tudor England and Elizabeth in particular. Here is a list of biographies I own:
- Elizabeth the Great, by Elizabeth Jenkins
- Elizabeth I, by Anne Somerset
- The Life of Elizabeth I, by Alison Weir
- Elizabeth, by David Starkey
- Elizabeth and Leicester, by Milton Waldman
- Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens, by Jane Dunn
- I, Elizabeth, by Rosalind Miles (yes, technically a novel, but overall it's historically and characteristically accurate. Reading it feels like a very lively, personal biography).
I also own several books on the Tudor dynasty, Henry VIII and his wives, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots ... and those rather out-of-character, soap opera-esque Philippa Gregory novels (which are nonetheless good for light reading, as long as you don't take them seriously).
I'd love to hear people's opinions on the books above, if you've read these, and your opinions on the great lady in general. :D