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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:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Authoritative...accessible and absorbing, this is a surprisingly fresh perspective on one of the most popular subjects of royal biography. Publishers Weekly
  • “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.”

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  • “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.”

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  • 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. "

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