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All the queen's men : the world of Elizabeth I
Brimacombe, Peter.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

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vi, 214 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
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DA358.A1 B75 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Opening with an overview of the reigns of the first four Tudor monarchs, the author emphasizes just how much England was in need of a strong and charismatic ruler, particularly after the disastrous reign of "Bloody Mary." Subsequent chapters examine the make up of the royal court and the personality of Elizabeth herself, showing how her perilous path to the throne taught her much that was to stand her in good stead as Queen.

Author Notes

Peter Brimacombe is a full-time writer and photographer whose work has been used by English Heritage, The National Trust, The English Tourist Board, The British Tourist Authority, The Royal Navy and a variety of national magazines and newspapers.

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Booklist Review

Two new books commemorate and illuminate the perpetually fascinating royal tenure of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Universally viewed as both shrewd and independent, Elizabeth enjoyed a reign of almost unprecedented length and prosperity. According to Brimacombe, many of her achievements were based on her intimate relationships with a supremely talented cadre of handpicked courtiers, counselors, diplomats, soldiers, and craftsmen. One of Elizabeth's most remarkable attributes was her uncanny ability to select and to motivate the men capable of executing her intricate plans and actualizing her grand vision for her kingdom. The author provides brief portraits of the many statesmen, seafarers, explorers, scholars, artists, and would-be suitors whose contributions to political, economic, social, and cultural foundations of the Elizabethan Age have often been overlooked. Strong offers a fascinating study of the idealized royal image that was so carefully cultivated during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Ever conscious of sustaining and promoting her power and popularity, Elizabeth was keenly aware of the myth-sustaining value of pomp, pageantry, and portraiture. Strong presents three noteworthy and symbolic portraits of the Virgin Queen and provides an in-depth examination of three ceremonial pageants painstakingly designed to advance unquestioning loyalty among the masses. A well-crafted, scholarly analysis of the clever manipulation of Elizabethan popular culture to elevate Elizabeth I to cultlike status during the 45 years of her reign. --Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

All the Queen's Men is an enjoyable and well-written introduction to Elizabethan England. Beginning with a look at the life of Elizabeth and her court, author and photographer Brimacombe (Gardens on a Grand Scale) devotes one chapter each to various groups of men (e.g., the Statesmen, Men of God, and the Suitors) and their relationships to the queen. For those unfamiliar with the period, he provides a good place to start. Though certainly not a necessary purchase for libraries that own many of A.L. Rowse's excellent works (Elizabethan Garland, Shakespeare the Man), this work is recommended for high school libraries where appropriate, as well as academic and public libraries.DElizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. v
Picture Creditsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
1 The Tudor Kingdomp. 1
2 At the Royal Courtp. 19
3 Portrait of a Queenp. 38
4 The Statesmenp. 51
5 The Seafarersp. 70
6 The Explorersp. 85
7 The Suitorsp. 105
8 Men of Godp. 122
9 The Scholarsp. 139
10 Cambridge Connectionsp. 156
11 The Creatorsp. 164
12 Men at Warp. 185
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 211