This is the true story of the "Lady with the Lamp" - no sentimentalised figure, but a strong-willed, aggressive woman who reformed nursing through sheer inspired endeavour. She lived to be 90, with a full life of conflict, setbacks, and triumphs.
Queen Elizabeth's court continually buzzed with intrigue and was divided by jealously. She was vigorous, variable and vain. The year 1588 was to see Elizabeth at her best, when, as a "Warrior Queen", she addressed her forces at Tilbury, even as Spain's mighty and so-called invincible Armada sailed up the English Channel.