Stephen Alford: Bad Queen Bess?, 17 November 2016
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Oxford, 497 pp., £35, January 2016, 978 0 19 875399 5Show More
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy.
Viking, 494 pp., £25, May 2016, 978 0 670 92225 3Show More
“... her reign. If equilibrium was occasionally upset by a new court favourite or power broker (Robert Dudley, say, or Christopher Hatton), or sometimes a policy (on military intervention abroad, perhaps, or, most divisive of all, on marriage alliances for the queen), much of the time the court functioned well. The challenge was to keep things going: to make ...”