Heretic Queen

Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion

Susan Ronald

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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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The New Deborah

A princess who can act any part she pleases.
—Lord Burghley, of Elizabeth

 
The reign of Mary I ended on November 17, 1558, and that of Lady Elizabeth began. No longer disinherited and demoted, Elizabeth had miraculously survived to become queen. By the time of Elizabeth’s coronation in January 1559, life in Mary’s reign was decidedly another country.
As the procession for Elizabeth’s coronation began, snowflakes danced on the air, bowing and sweeping as if upon a stage in deference to the earsplitting cheers from their

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“An illuminating portrait of the 25-year-old woman who led England through religious and political crises with diplomacy, vision and pure force of will.” Kirkus Reviews

 

“A searing account of the dark underside of the Elizabethan golden age. Susan Ronald has written a devastating  and important reminder of the long, hard road from religious strife to accommodation.” —Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of The World on Fire and The Duchess

 

“A triumph in an age when religion continues to be a matter of conflict” —Antonia Fraser, international bestselling author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

 

“This is compulsive, engaging and vivid history, and a long-overdue study of the religious settlement of Elizabeth I's reign, packed with eyewitness detail. Susan Ronald has the gift of making us feel we are there, caught up in the crises of faith that affected Elizabeth's subjects. In her capable hands, the drama of the English Reformation comes alive.” —Alison Weir, bestselling author of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley and Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings


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HERETIC QUEEN by Susan Ronald | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read 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.
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Nonfiction Review: Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth and the Wars of Religion by Susan Ronald. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-64538-0
In 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
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Susan Ronald

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.

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Heretic Queen
Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion
Susan Ronald

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St. Martin's Press
August 2012
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ISBN: 9781250015211
ISBN10: 1250015219
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Plus one 16-page b&w photo insert
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
August 2012
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ISBN: 9780312645380
ISBN10: 0312645384
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Plus one 16-page b&w photo insert
$27.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
August 2013
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ISBN: 9781250031501
ISBN10: 1250031508
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes one 16-page black-and-white photograph section
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