We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The Pirate Queen | [Susan Ronald]

The Pirate Queen

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.
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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. All these men contributed their vast genius, power, greed, and expertise to the advancement of England.

In The Pirate Queen, historian Susan Ronald offers a fresh look at Elizabeth I, focusing on her uncanny instinct for financial survival and the superior intellect that propelled and sustained her rise. The foundation of Elizabeth's empire was built on a carefully choreographed strategy whereby piracy transformed England from an impoverished state on the fringes of Europe into the first building block of an empire that covered two-fifths of the world.

Based on a wealth of historical sources and thousands of personal letters between Elizabeth and her merchant adventurers, advisers, and royal "cousins", The Pirate Queen tells the thrilling story of Elizabeth and the swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas, planted the seedlings of an empire, and amassed great wealth for themselves and the Crown.

©2007 Susan Ronald; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Solid...exciting...takes itself outside the usual run of standard treatments." (Booklist)
"Authoritative...accessible and absorbing, this is a surprisingly fresh perspective on one of the most popular subjects of royal biography." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (42 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.9 (12 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.9 (12 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 12-20-07
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 12-20-07 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    223
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    51
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    "Too lilttle about Elizabeth!"

    I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. According to the description, the content of the book had a balanced focus on Elizabeth and her merchant adventurers. Unfortunately, the content centered more on descriptions of ships and their captains, some familiar, some more obscure, than the queen herself. I did a good bit of fast forwarding, so maybe that part was skipped over, although care was taken not to do that!
    Josephine Bailey is a wonderful narrator...easy to listen to and enjoy. She made the listen pleasant, even if the content wasn't what I was hoping for!
    (A better background in Elizabethan history on my part would have been helpful!)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 12-01-08
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 12-01-08 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    555
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    239
    104
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    33
    0
    Overall
    "Tedius!"

    There are few subjects more exciting than Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Frances Drac, narrated by my favourite narrator, this book should have been a phenomenal feats of millitary excitement and adventure, but instead, what was delivered was a book focused on monetary value, and numbers, you hear the narrator painstakingly read prices of ships made and their modern equivalent, while the British social history tradition demands the treatment of History from Below, this is not supposed to be a social or economic history, ultimately, the book is a vailiant but failed effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sara jane milwaukee, wi 07-29-11
    sara jane milwaukee, wi 07-29-11 Member Since 2005

    art grrrl

    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "The History of Elizabeth's Merchant Adventurers"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alison Austin, TX, United States 01-24-12
    Alison Austin, TX, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Miss Construed

    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Alternative Revenue Streams"

    Dramatically changed my perception of the Elizabethan era. This book along with Empires of the Sea gave me a much more global perspective of the period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.