JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FEW WORDS ON A NEW BIOGRAPHY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT TO A BOOK REVIEW IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Elizabeth I by Helen Castor review – a study in insecurity”

 

As a longtime admirer and the reader of many biographies of Gloriana, I must say I do not like an expression such as “A Study in Insecurity” in a title.

Elizabeth suffered an immense number of adverse events in her life – from serious concerns for her own head under the reigns of both her father and her half-sister to the terrors of the Protestant-Catholic warfare she lived through.

And she experienced even more very unsettling events, giving the word “insecurity” a definite place in her make-up, but I would never feature that word in a title for a book about the greatest woman monarch in European history and someone who found her way through the many storms which raged through her life.

She, one way or another, overcame everything to establish a reign of enduring importance and literally to bestow her name on the Age.

Posted April 5, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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