Susan Doran

Elizabeth I
  • Elizabeth I

  • This lavishly illustrated book ties in with a major international exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 1 May 2003. Timed to commemorate the 400th anniversary since the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, and sponsored by Morgan Stanley, the exhibition brings together a wealth of paintings, manuscripts, fine art objects and personal effects which illuminate Elizabeth's fascinating history. Elizabeth was born at Greenwich and spent her first months at Greenwich Palace, on the site of what is now a World Heritage Site, Maritime Greenwich. The book, containing contributions from a number of well-known experts on Tudor history, will focus on Elizabeth's Court as well as her relationship with the City of London and its increasingly influential mercantile class. It will also reflect the importance of Elizabeth's maritime adventurers, and their role in creating wealth for the crown, burgeoning maritime enterprise and the beginnings of an overseas empire.

Dr David Starkey is Bye fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His biography of the young Elizabeth was Number One in the bestseller charts in both hardback and paperback, and is available in Vintage. He guest curated this exhibition; and he will write the chapter on princess Elizabeth. Susan Doran will edit the contributions and write the chapter on Elizabeth's suitors and the problem of the succession. Susan Doran is a lecturer at Christ Church College, Oxford and has written widely on the reign of Elizabeth and the 16th century in general. Her books include Monarchy and Matrimony: The Courtships of Elizabeth (1996) and a biography of Elizabeth in the British Library Historic Lives series to be published in 2003. Other contributors include Ian Archer, Patrick Collinson, Tarnya Cooper, Thomas M McCoog SJ, Sian Flynn and David Spence, Diana Scarisbrick, Nicola Watson and Michael Dobson.

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