In Wilson's hands these familiar stories make for gripping reading. --The New York Times Book ReviewNew York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceAuthor of Dante in LoveA sweeping parama of the Elizabethan age, a time of remarkable, strange personages and great political and social change, by one of our most rewned historiansA time of exceptional creativity, wealth creation, larger-than-life royalty and political expansion, the Elizabethan age was also more remarkable than any other for the Technicolor personalities of its royals and subjects. Apart from the complex character of the Virgin Queen herself, A. N. Wilson's The Elizabethans follows the stories of Francis Drake, a privateer who t only defeated the Spanish Armada but also circumnavigated the globe with a drunken, mutius crew and without reliable navigational instruments; political intriguers like William Cecil and Francis Walsingham; and Renaissance literary geniuses from Sir Philip Sidney to Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.Most crucially, this was the age when modern Britain was born and established independence from mainland Europe--both in its resistance to Spanish and French incursions and in its declaration of religious liberty from the pope--and laid the foundations for the explosion of British imperial power and eventual American domination.An ackwledged master of the all-encompassing single-volume history, Wilson tells the exhilarating story of the Elizabethan era with all the paramic sweep of his bestselling The Victorians, and with the wit and icoclasm that are his trademarks.
A. N. WILSON is an English writer and journalist who has written numerous critical biographies, novels, essays, and popular histories. He is an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator, and The Observer. His books The Victorians, Dante in Love, and After the Victorians, have garnered considerable critical and popular praise. He lives in London.