Book: Elizabeth and Essex - A Tragic History by Marciano Guerrerocategories: Book, History, Queen of England, Essex, Earl of Essex, Elizabethan Age, Robert Devereux, Lytton Srachey, Elizabeth I
Marciano Guerreroabout this book: A master of the English language, Lytton Strachey renders in unbridled fast-paced —for a history-based narration— powerful and exquisite scenes of love between Elizabeth and Essex. Torrid, tortured, notorious, and indisputably enthralling —as romances go—was the affair between Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. It started in 1587 when she was fifty-three and he was merely nineteen. The affair lasted five years. As the story progresses, a retinue of courtiers pass in review: Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh, Robert Cecil, and many other important players.
Given the age difference and the lovers' explosive characters, the affair was doomed from its very beginning. Essex was beheaded for treason in 1601. The book brilliantly exposes the details that led to Essex's demise. The worth of Lytton Strachey's book is twofold. First, this "tragic history," provides deep insights into the glamor and mystique of the Elizabethan age. And second, the narration is superb, as rendered by a real acrobat of the nuances of the English sentence.
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