Life in Elizabethan England

Shakespeare's Theater

By Jacqueline Morley

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"History and architecture combine to bring the past to life. Filled with full-color, cut-away illustrations and informative text, each volume looks at a single structure and the everyday life of the people who built them ... and enjoyed them."

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Sir Francis Drake: Navigator and Pirate

By Earle Rice, Jr.

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His enemies called him "El Draco" (the dragon) for his piratical ways. The English people called him a hero for his explorations around the world and his part in trouncing of the Spanish Armada.

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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest For El Dorado

By Marc Aronson

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This luxuriantly detailed account of Ralegh's life--courtier, general, explorer, quester for El Dorado, overseer of the Irish--and death (he was executed as a traitor) is also a fully dimensional portrait of the Elizabethan period.

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Sir Walter Raleigh: Founding the Virginia Colony

By Nancy Ward

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"Examines the early life and explorations of Sir Walter Raleigh and Raleigh's legacy. When England's Queen Elizabeth I asked Sir Walter Raleigh to search for new lands to claim and colonize, her loyal subject pledged to found a colony in tribute to his Queen. This exciting recreation of the founding, loss, and reclamation of the Virginia colony in the late 1500s also describes Raleigh's unsuccessful search for the fabled wealthy kingdom of El Dorado, the deterioration of his relationship with the Queen, and his eventual execution."

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The King's Fool: A Book about Medieval and Renaissance Fools

By Dana Fradon

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This book about the kings' (and queens') own comics is fun and informative. A good jumping off spot for reports.

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The Queen's Progress: An Elizabethan Alphabet

By Celeste Mannis; illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline

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"Rhymed verses, stunning illustrations, and a fascinating text all come together to form this imaginative story about Queen Elizabeth and her progresses, or journeys, through England's countryside. Ibatoulline's illustrations are not only beautiful colorful works of art, they also tell a story within a story-one about the attempted murder of the queen and about her loyal servants who seek revenge. The main text follows Elizabeth's travels and is filled with anecdotes and historical details. Perfect for history-lovers, alert readers, and suspense-seekers, this multi-layered picture book reveals something new with each reading."

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The Tower of London

By Leonard Everett Fisher

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Characterizes the Tower and its people during the turbulent years of the forming of the British nation from 1078 through 1666.

Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned by her sister in this ancient tower. Later as queen, Elizabeth would find it to be a suitable place to put her own enemies.

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