Susan Doran

Gloriana’s Twilight

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

By John Guy

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John Guy’s new book is devoted to the last nineteen years of Elizabeth I’s life, but why call them ‘The Forgotten Years’? Who has forgotten them? Certainly not historians. In 1995, Guy himself edited an influential collection of essays entitled The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court & Culture in the Last Decade, which sparked off scholarly interest in the period from the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, in February 1587 until Elizabeth’s death in March 1603. Since that book’s appearance, there has been much new research into the politics, religion and culture of those years, which Guy dubbed ‘the second reign of Elizabeth I’. 

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