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  • The Pirate Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Susan Ronald
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Dubbed the "pirate queen" by the Vatican and Spain's Philip II, Elizabeth I was feared and admired by her enemies. Extravagant, whimsical, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the epitome of power. Her visionary accomplishments were made possible by her daring merchants, gifted rapscallion adventurers, astronomer philosophers, and her stalwart Privy Council, including Sir William Cecil, Sir Francis Walsingham, and Sir Nicholas Bacon.

    Eunice says: "Too lilttle about Elizabeth!"
    "The History of Elizabeth's Merchant Adventurers"
    Overall

    A learned yet fascinating look at what Elizabeth I had to do to defeat Philip II of Spain. (Remember the Spanish Armada?) It's about the economy and the role her "explorers" played. Lots on John Hawkins, Francis Drake, and Walter Raleigh. It's a scholarly book yet it's a pretty good story. It's full of facts and figures, so it's nice to have the book nearby. It's a wonderful way to learn history. A bodice ripper, it isn't. Elizabeth was more than just a romantic figure, she was a cagey monarch. This book tells the story of the men she used to achieve her economic and political ends.

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