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Elizabeth - The Forgotten Years

John Guy

COSTA AWARD FINALIST ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR Film rights acquired by Gold Circle Films, the team behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding "A fresh, thrilling portrait… Guy's Elizabeth is deliciously human." -Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review A groundbreaking reconsideration of our favorite Tudor queen, Elizabeth is an intimate and surprising biography that shows her at the height of her power. Elizabeth was crowned queen at twenty-five, but it was only when she reached fifty and all hopes of a royal marriage were behind her that she began to wield power in her own right. For twenty-five years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers, who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but to rule. In this magisterial biography, John Guy introduces us to a woman who is refreshingly unfamiliar: at once powerful and vulnerable, willful and afraid. We see her confronting challenges at home and abroad: war against France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggers riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne. For a while she is smitten by a much younger man, but can she allow herself to act on that passion and still keep her throne? For the better part of a decade John Guy mined long-overlooked archives, scouring handwritten letters and court documents to sweep away myths and rumors. This prodigious historical detective work has enabled him to reveal, for the first time, the woman behind the polished veneer: determined, prone to fits of jealous rage, wracked by insecurity, often too anxious to sleep alone. At last we hear her in her own voice expressing her own distinctive and surprisingly resonant concerns. Guy writes like a dream, and this combination of groundbreaking research and propulsive narrative puts him in a class of his own. "Significant, forensic and myth-busting, John Guy inspires total confidence in a narrative which is at o

COSTA AWARD FINALIST ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR Film rights acquired by Gold Circle Films, the team behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding "A fresh, thrilling portrait… Guy's Elizabeth is deliciously human." -Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review A groundbreaking reconsideration of our favorite Tudor queen, Elizabeth is an intimate and surprising biography that shows her at the height of her power. Elizabeth was crowned queen at twenty-five, but it was only when she reached fifty and all hopes of a royal marriage were behind her that she began to wield power in her own right. For twenty-five years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers, who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but to rule. In this magisterial biography, John Guy introduces us to a woman who is refreshingly unfamiliar: at once powerful and vulnerable, willful and afraid. We see her confronting challenges at home and abroad: war against France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggers riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne. For a while she is smitten by a much younger man, but can she allow herself to act on that passion and still keep her throne? For the better part of a decade John Guy mined long-overlooked archives, scouring handwritten letters and court documents to sweep away myths and rumors. This prodigious historical detective work has enabled him to reveal, for the first time, the woman behind the polished veneer: determined, prone to fits of jealous rage, wracked by insecurity, often too anxious to sleep alone. At last we hear her in her own voice expressing her own distinctive and surprisingly resonant concerns. Guy writes like a dream, and this combination of groundbreaking research and propulsive narrative puts him in a class of his own. "Significant, forensic and myth-busting, John Guy inspires total confidence in a narrative which is at o
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COSTA AWARD FINALIST ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR Film rights acquired by Gold Circle Films, the team behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding "A fresh, thrilling portrait… Guy's Elizabeth is deliciously human." -Stacy Schiff, The New York Times Book Review A groundbreaking reconsideration of our favorite Tudor queen, Elizabeth is an intimate and surprising biography that shows her at the height of her power. Elizabeth was crowned queen at twenty-five, but it was only when she reached fifty and all hopes of a royal marriage were behind her that she began to wield power in her own right. For twenty-five years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers, who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but to rule. In this magisterial biography, John Guy introduces us to a woman who is refreshingly unfamiliar: at once powerful and vulnerable, willful and afraid. We see her confronting challenges at home and abroad: war against France and Spain, revolt in Ireland, an economic crisis that triggers riots in the streets of London, and a conspiracy to place her cousin Mary Queen of Scots on her throne. For a while she is smitten by a much younger man, but can she allow herself to act on that passion and still keep her throne? For the better part of a decade John Guy mined long-overlooked archives, scouring handwritten letters and court documents to sweep away myths and rumors. This prodigious historical detective work has enabled him to reveal, for the first time, the woman behind the polished veneer: determined, prone to fits of jealous rage, wracked by insecurity, often too anxious to sleep alone. At last we hear her in her own voice expressing her own distinctive and surprisingly resonant concerns. Guy writes like a dream, and this combination of groundbreaking research and propulsive narrative puts him in a class of his own. "Significant, forensic and myth-busting, John Guy inspires total confidence in a narrative which is at o

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alex Jennings

Length:

17h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:47


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:33


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:41


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:26


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:55


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:42


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:55


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:31


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:05


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:04


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:14


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:07


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:17


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:09


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:00


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:34


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:13


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:31


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:03


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:19


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:25


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:35


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:49


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:41


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:47


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:40


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

09:00


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:13


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:24


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:01


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:44


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:38


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:53


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:29


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:42


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:20


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:09


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:52


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:33


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:44


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:51


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:48


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:25


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:08


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:43


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:20


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:57


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:11


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:32


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:01


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:38


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:53


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:19


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:11


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:05


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:37


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:18


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:21


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:38


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:55


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:23


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:22


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:02


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

00:26