Folio edition, second print slipcased hardback of ELIZABETH I: THE WORD OF A PRINCE - A Life from Contemporary Documents, by Maria Perry and Published by the Folio Society, London, in 1991. Design by Malcolm Harvey Yound. Endpaper design by Anna Murray
The book is in near fine condition (Bound by Butler & Tanner in cloth and elephant-hide and gilt lettering on maroon cloth spine). In its original gilt pattern slipcase which is in very good condition with just minor rubbing to two of the corners and bumping to one of the corners. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.
"Until Maria Perry began her exploration of Elizabeth's papers, this vivid raw material had only been partially studied. From it, a fresh portrait of Elizabeth emerges, one which is often more cohesive and less baffling than some offered by her biographers. The dangers and insecurities of her early life, her sense of divine protection, her formidable education, all stand out as crucial elements in the formation of her character; but behind the acquired circumspection lies a personality of great warmth and spirit.
The earliest letter to survive was written to her stepmother Katherine Parr, in Italian, when she was ten years old; her last words to be formally recorded are two moving speeches to Parliament at the end of her reign.
In between, her letters and papers illuminate her relations with her family, and with Mary Queen of Scots; she reflects on the nature of kingship, performs miracles of circumlocution to achieve diplomatic ends, and communicates her feelings to her inner circle of trusted friends; on the teasing questions of love, marriage and virginity, the letters and speeches offer oblique comment.
Elizabeth's papers are not only personally revealing, when studied with the care that Maria Perry brings to the task; they are also intellectually and stylistically very much a product of their time, generous in their display of Renaissance learning and concerns.."
'Gives the general reader fresh access to Elizabeth's mind and ideas, her wit, verve, eloquence, circumlocation, and formidable learning.' — Observer
'A new approach to historical biography - she has studied both the original sources and recent works of scholarship and has a thorough understanding of the period.' — SUNDAY TIMES
352 pages. Lavishly illustrated with colour and black & white plates.
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Folio edition, second print slipcased hardback of THE WORD OF A PRINCE - A Life from Contemporary Documents, Published by the Folio Society in 1991