by David Starkey

In Brief

Elizabeth: Apprenticeship charts the twists and turns of the eventful life of the Tudor princess from birth until her succession to the throne to become Elizabeth I, one of England’s most enduringly popular monarchs. Born in a turbulent time, when political, religious and dynastic issues were paramount and ever shifting, she had to call on all of her formidable skills to survive, let alone become Queen of England.

Why you should read it

Read it to understand not only its charismatic subject but to gain a clear insight into the events and attitudes of the era, and the consequences for post-Tudor times. An historical biography, it is as page-turning as a fictional thriller, illustrating why the Tudors still have the power to fascinate more than 500 years later.

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