The Pirate Queen by Susan Ronald audiobook

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

By Susan Ronald
Read by Josephine Bailey

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200140176

  • ISBN: 9798200140169

  • ISBN: 9798200140183

Runtime: 13.70 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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.” 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

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Author

Author Bio: Susan Ronald

Author Bio: Susan Ronald

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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 13.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English