Extended Audio Sample

Download The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire, by Susan Ronald Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Ronald Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $21.99 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

Extravagant, whimsical, and hot-tempered, Elizabeth was the epitome of power, both feared and admired by her enemies. Dubbed the “pirate queen” by the Vatican and Spain’s Philip II, she employed a network of daring merchants, brazen adventurers, astronomer philosophers, and her stalwart Privy Council to anchor her throne—and in doing so, planted the seedlings of an empire that would ultimately cover two-fifths of the world.

In The Pirate Queen, historian Susan Ronald offers a fresh look at Elizabeth I, relying on a wealth of historical sources and thousands of the queen’s personal letters to tell the thrilling story of a visionary monarch and the swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas to amass great wealth for themselves and the Crown.

Download and start listening now!

bdp2

Quotes & Awards

  • “Biographies of the great Tudor queen abound, but this solid, even exciting one pursues a particular tack and thus takes itself outside the usual run of standard treatments…The fascinating picture drawn here is of her intense working relationship with the merchant and gentleman adventurers who, out on the high seas, would secure money for their beloved monarch, and, in the process, ‘inadvertently,’ as Ronald posits it, move England into a solid financial status that would, in turn, foster empire.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Authoritative, assiduously researched, and with a knack for making the intricacies of sea skirmishes accessible and absorbing, this is a surprisingly fresh perspective on one of the most popular subjects of royal biography.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 11/21/2013

    " Really, really interesting overall, though it didn't focus as much on Queen Elizabeth as it did on all the various English "gentlemen adventurers" who took to the seas during the sixteenth century. It was a fascinating look at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 8/15/2013

    " Pure history, very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 3/4/2013

    " Starts slow but overall a fantastic read, especially once Drake enters the scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 3/2/2013

    " A good overall look at Great Britain's beginnings on the high seas. Queen Elizabeth, Cecil, Frobisher, Raleigh and all the adventurers become a colorful reality instead of the dust from our history books. This was a pick up put down for me. Definitely worth the read though. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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.