Elizabeth the Great - Elizabeth Jenkins
Coward-McCann, 1958. HC, BCE. 8vo., 348 pgs. VF copy in VG/F DJ. Illustrations.
This book is a revealing study of Elizabeth I and her court. The author examines both their historical significance and the minutia of their daily lives (conversational topics, meals, living conditions, etc.) to provide a contextual view of the court within 16th century Britain. The author also describes Elizabeth in terms of those things that make her most interesting--her fierce and consuming passion to play her role as Queen of England, her great physical energy, her fantastic vanity, her strange mixture of personal cowardice and extreme bravery, her steadfast loyalty to her trusted friends, and her brutal treatment of those who offended her.