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Author: Susan Ronald Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781481592840
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Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald delivers a stunning account of Elizabeth I that focuses on her role in the Wars of Religion—the battle between Protestantism and Catholicism that tore Europe apart in the sixteenth century.

Elizabeth’s 1558 coronation procession was met with an extravagant outpouring of love. Only twenty-five years old, the young queen saw herself as the nation’s Protestant savior, aiming to provide new hope, prosperity, and independence from the foreign influence that had plagued her sister Mary’s reign. Given the scars of the Reformation, Elizabeth would need all of the powers of diplomacy and tact she could summon.

Extravagant, witty, and hot tempered, Elizabeth was the ultimate tyrant. Yet at the outset, in religious matters, she was unfathomably tolerant for her day. “There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith,” Elizabeth once proclaimed. “All else is a dispute over trifles.” Heretic Queen is the highly personal, untold story of how Queen Elizabeth I secured the future of England as a world power. Susan Ronald paints the queen as a complex character whose apparent indecision was really a political tool that she wielded with great aplomb.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A triumph.”

    Antonia Fraser, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a compulsive, engaging, and vivid history…The drama of the English Reformation comes alive.”

    Alison Weir, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A searing account of the dark underside of the Elizabethan golden age. Susan Ronald has written a devastating  and important reminder of the long, hard road from religious strife to accommodation.”

    Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of The World on Fire and The Duchess

  • “Ronald deftly pulls together a vast amount of historical research into a compelling narrative that’s essential reading for anyone interested in the strife-torn world in which this most fascinating queen used both wits and diplomacy to safeguard her kingdom, despite almost insurmountable odds.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Moving from adventures on the high seas to the wars of religion that plagued sixteenth-century England, Ronald serves up a worthy sequel to The Pirate Queen…Meaty history wrapped in a palatable biographical format.”  


  • “An illuminating portrait of the twenty-five-year-old woman who led England through religious and political crises with diplomacy, vision, and pure force of will.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 10/9/2013

    " This was a well written history of Queen Elizabeth's time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 8/12/2013

    " Just OK, mostly a recounting of Elizabeth the 1st reign as seen through correspondence and official writings of the day. Very detailed and of interest to only the most ardent history fan. Read the Black Count instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 7/24/2013

    " Even though I enjoy reading about the Tudors, this wasn't interesting enough to keep me engaged. Maybe one of these days I'll give it another try, but for now it's too boring to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 7/3/2013

    " I thought that Ronald did a good job showing the international side of the religious controversies--Elizabeth was not only dealing with reaction at home to her actions but always having to keep in mind the strategic implications of her actions overseas. Choices she made could and did cause wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/4/2013

    " A different perspective of Queen Elizabeth I, highlighting her concept of the religious settlement. As well-researched as The Pirate Queen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 4/17/2013

    " Not much about Elizabeth--she seemed to be playing a bit part in all of the machinations happening around her, although the is not really the case. "

About the Author

Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States but has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads of Europe. She owns a film production company and is a screenwriter and film producer.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.