The Elizabethans

The Elizabethans
A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson, bestselling chronicler of Victorian and modern Britain, here takes a big step back in time to examine the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, England’s “most distinguished monarch.” As with his other historical works the emphasis is more on people in high places than social or economic history, with chapters on essential (and familiar) period topics like the religious settlement, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the theatre. Particularly interesting, because debatable, is his observation that the political, religious and educational system created by the Elizabethans only ended in our own lifetimes. Perhaps this is one reason we keep returning to them.