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Age of Elizabeth

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Age of Elizabeth by Mandell Creighton is a comprehensive and engaging look at the political and cultural landscape of Elizabethan England. Creighton skillfully explores the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, delving into both the triumphs and challenges she faced during her rule.

One of the strengths of this book is Creighton's attention to detail and thorough research. He provides a nuanced understanding of the key events and figures of the time, shedding light on the complexities of Elizabethan society. Additionally, Creighton's prose is both informative and accessible, making this book a valuable resource for both scholars and general readers interested in this period of history.

Overall, Age of Elizabeth is a well-written and insightful examination of one of the most fascinating periods in English history. Creighton's expertise and passion for the subject shine through in his writing, making this book a must-read for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of the Elizabethan era.

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This short history by the eminent British historian, Mandell Creighton, places Elizabeth and her reign within the context of 16th century European political, religious, and military events. Elizabeth overcomes her two great rivals, King Philip of Spain and Mary, Queen of Scots. England gradually unites behind her Queen, who survives multiple assassination plots. After the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the English, lightly taxed by their frugal sovereign, launch flourishing commerce enterprises. The author writes of the Protestant Reformation that "a change of belief meant a revolt from authority." In this age of individualism, personal daring, and a consciousness of national greatness, the golden age of Elizabethan literature breaks new ground in historiography, literary theory, poetry, and above all, drama.

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