A one-hour taster into the early life of Queen Elizabeth I before her accession to the throne.
A fun one-hour look into the biggest question that everyone was asking – who should Queen Elizabeth I marry?
In these early months of her reign, the court buzzed with suitors eager for the queen’s hand in marriage.
European ambassadors tried to boost the chances of their masters or their relatives. By 1558, Elizabeth was the most sought-after bride in Europe.
She received overseas offers of marriage from kings and princes and earls and knights of the realm at home.
Despite her reputation as one of England’s longest-serving monarchs, Elizabeth’s reign was a turbulent one. She was the target of an almost endless series of rebellions, conspiracies and assassination plots designed to drive her from the throne.
In this book, you will learn:
- England at her succession
- Strengthening a weakened realm
- The dazzling Robert Dudley
- The suitors raise their hands
- Elizabeth’s religious challenges
- The romantic scandal and the death of Amy Dudley
- The coma at Hampton Court
- Mary Queen of Scots moves to France
- The succession petition on 1563
- Mary and Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley
- The murder of David Rizzio
- The death of Darnley
- Bothwell and the ‘casket letters’
- The midnight of the Rising of the North
- The Ridolfi Assassination Plot of 1571
The key political issue of the time was the legitimacy of the sovereign. The Tudor dynasty had a weak right to rule. Its founder, Henry VII, was a usurper with only a dubious claim to the throne. Blue-blooded aristocrats and religious challengers waited in the wings as they engineered her death.
How would Elizabeth deal with the problem?
Rather than scroll on social media, why not spend an enjoyable hour thinking about these royal conundrums.
Prepare to be entertained and educated with this short-read history.
Also available in the Tudor series
Elizabeth I The Princess: The First Twenty-Five Years
Henry VIII’s Court: Ambition, Betrayal and Death in Tudor England
Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIIIs fixer
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