Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald delivers a stunning account of Elizabeth I that focuses on her role in the Wars on Religion—the battle between Protestantism and Catholicisim that tore apart Europe in the 16th Century
Elizabeth’s 1558 coronation procession was met with an extravagant outpouring of love. Only twenty-five years old, the young queen saw herself as their Protestant savior, aiming to provide the nation with new hope, prosperity, and independence from the foreign influence that had plagued her sister Mary’s reign. Given the scars of the Reformation, Elizabeth would need all of the powers of diplomacy and tact she could summon.
Extravagant, witty, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the ultimate tyrant. Yet at the outset, in religious matters, she was unfathomably tolerant for her day. “There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith,” Elizabeth once proclaimed. “All else is a dispute over trifles.” Heretic Queen is the highly personal, untold story of how Queen Elizabeth I secured the future of England as a world power. Susan Ronald paints the queen as a complex character whose apparent indecision was really a political tool that she wielded with great aplomb.
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HERETIC QUEEN by Susan Ronald | Kirkus Book ReviewsRead the Kirkus Review of HERETIC QUEEN Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion. Ronald (<em>The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire<em>, 2007, etc.) imparts her vast understanding of the queen who tried to establish religious tolerance in her kingdom.- Kirkus Reviews
Nonfiction Review: Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth and the Wars of Religion by Susan Ronald. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-64538-0In this companion volume to Pirate Queen, Ronald’s 2007 study of the life and times of England’s Elizabeth I , the author sets the Elizabethan age within the context of the Catholic-Protestant wars of- Publishers Weekly
Born and raised in the United States, SUSAN RONALD has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads Of Europe. Ronald owns a film production company and is a screenwriter and film producer.