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Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years


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John Guy is an award-winning historian of Tudor England. A Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he is the author of Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, a major international bestseller that won the Whitbread Award and the Marsh Biography Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His other books include A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and His Dearest Meg; Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel; the biography of Henry VIII for the Penguin Monarchs series and a landmark, bestselling history of Tudor England.


"A fresh, thrilling portrait... Guy's Elizabeth is deliciously human."
-Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review

"A superb book. . . Guy persuades us that pretty much everything we think we know about Elizabeth is wrong. . . Considering that she was a Protestant in a Catholic-dominated Europe, a woman in a male-dominated world, the daughter of one parent who had been executed by the other. . . [she] should be seen as the most remarkable individual to have worn a European crown between Charlemagne and Napoleon."
-Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal

"Guy is a master of the early modern archive: few historians are better equipped to navigate the tangled skein of Elizabethan records. . . .his careful work with documents known and unknown, scattered throughout Europe's archives, allows him to paint a novel portrait of a complex-maybe even unknowable-queen."
--The Guardian

"[A] fresh, illuminating portrait of one of England's greatest monarchs...Guy uses Elizabeth's handwritten letters and other rarely exploited primary sources to impressive effect."
-The Financial Times

"An illuminating study of England's most revered monarch. Guy, a leading authority on the Tudor period, uses Elizabeth's handwritten letters and other rarely exploited primary sources to impressive effect."
- Financial Times,
Best Book of the Year

"Significant, forensic and myth-busting, John Guy inspires total confidence in a narrative which is at once pacey and rich in detail."
Anna Whitelock, TLS

"John Guy's Elizabeth presents a beautifully rounded portrait of both the woman and the queen. Thanks to Guy's prodigious use of previously untapped material, we see, for the very first time, the full panoply of ambition and insecurity, plotting and deceit that marked the middle years of her reign. This is a masterful biography."
- Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

"A gripping story of Queen Elizabeth's last years, authoritatively researched and engaging recounted by the leading Tudor historian of our age."
-James Shapiro, author of The Year of Lear

"This is a very good read, a vivid and fascinating warts-and-all portrait of the ageing Elizabeth, backed by meticulous research."
--Claire Tomalin, author of Jane Austen

"Magisterial... the definitive account of that era for the present generation"
-Country Life

"Outstanding. . . This page-turning book is history, biography, scholarship personified, and a crystal-clear look at Elizabeth in the war years that erases the myths and presents the real woman. Absolutely one of the best biographies of Elizabeth ever."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

"Guy gives readers a fuller view of the confident, experienced, and adaptable queen whose long, eventful reign--one sprinkled with "Kafkaesque elements"--continues to fascinate."
-Publisher's Weekly

"Meticulously researched and highly readable. . . Readers will be fascinated by Guy's careful psychological portrait of the aging monarch in the sunset of her reign."
-Library Journal

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