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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.

Biographies & Memoirs
Josephine Bailey
hr min
September 24
Tantor Audio

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A Must Own For Those Interested In Elizabeth I or Tudor History

Without a doubt, the Pirate Queen is an exceptional book in that for the first time an author has presented the idea in stunning detail just how much in the way of revenue flowed to make England from a rundown, completely destitute economy to the beginnings of Empire under Elizabeth I. With her Gentleman Adventurers, the redistribution of wealth from the New World was absolutely staggering, even by today's standards. The information is so vast it is almost overwhelming. However, you get a real sense of how Elizabeth I ruled England with an iron fist and made her country into a force to be reckoned with. My complaint is that when I did a search on iTunes under the subject of Elizabeth I, this audiobook did not come up. It is my hope that iTunes can tweak their searching criteria a little bit so that important and unquestionably good audiobooks such as the Pirate Queen are not missed.

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