According to Queen Victoria’s grandmother, ‘The English like queens.’ It’s been proved time and again, through the success of monarchs like Elizabeth I, Victoria and our present queen, women who seem to be enduringly fascinating.
In this, their second book, The History Girls propose to take an in-depth look at five very different women: Elizabeth II and the Queens Regnant who went before her, dividing the subject matter between them as before.
This book will not be a series of potted biographies, but as an overview of each queen. We aim to dispose of the outlines of their lives seamlessly in short paragraphs or a subtle progression, while giving a lively focus on character and anecdotal evidence, which can achieve a vivid, in-depth portrayal.
We aim also to investigate whether the issues facing the Tudor and Stuart queens were the same as those facing Victoria and Elizabeth II. What has changed? Did Elizabeth II have in any sense to face the challenges that confronted her Tudor predecessors? How far were these queens regnant influenced by those who had gone before? In looking at how these women ruled or reigned, we aim to arrive at an ongoing assessment of the nature of English queenship. What special challenges or obstacles confronted them as female rulers? Was their sex a drawback? Or did they play it to their advantage?
Such a book could offer intriguing insights on Elizabeth II and her female predecessors at the time of her Diamond Jubilee. With your help we can make it happen.
When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on 1952, her contemporaries hailed it as a ‘New Elizabethan’ age. The suggestion was of course that in the latter half of the twentieth century, as Britain recovered from the trauma of the Second World War, it might once again enjoy a boom, a burst of energy, of the kind it had known in the latter half of the sixteenth. The age of Shakespeare – the age of Elizabeth I.
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