Elizabeth as Renaissance Prince

Follow the link and read this review of Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince by Lisa Hilton, published in History Today.

The reviewer, Linda Porter, is not a fan. She writes:

“However, the overall weakness of this study is not the concept but the execution. Hilton has written on a variety of subjects, but this appears to be her first foray into the 16th century. Her interests are very much in the literary and cultural aspects of the period (there are some excellent quotations throughout the text) but this is not necessarily sufficient to sustain her argument. It is fine to hold strong opinions, but these need to be firmly grounded in an appreciation of the complex politics of the time. Her view of Mary Tudor, as a nasty half-sister who hated Elizabeth from birth, is straight out of the 19th century, whereas the character assassination of Katherine Parr, for what Hilton describes as ‘colluding in the sexual abuse’ of the teenage Elizabeth, is entirely of our time.”

Enjoy the review, and better yet, if you are not entirely sated with Elizabethan biography, give Hilton’s book a crack.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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