The Pirate Queen by Susan Ronald. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2007. Book Pages: 448
“The Pirate Queen” is written by Susan Ronald is a story of struggle and adventure of the woman who wickedly changed the chaotic phase of England into the strategic movement of development. Elizabeth I who has been regarded as the pirate queen in this book became the queen in 1558 of the throne that welcomed her with problematic consequences such as the financial problem and darkened present. This book shows that how courageous and the piratical plans of Elizabeth’s clever mind changed the financially doomed English nation into a powerful state that completely stood strong against the foreign domination.
For the students of history and the history lovers, this book provides them a best read as this transfer the knowledge from a student itself. The profound research about the Elizabeth is not just about the good deeds and the courage but also the dark side of this woman. The pirates were her weapon to cease the world.
The book starts from the 16th century when England had the charges of taxes in the form of the natural elements. At that time Spain was plundering the world for the slave trade, England took advantage of this time and plundered Spain in order to receive the share and advantage of the slave trade. This book further provides detailed information about the financial background of the colony and the reason why this colony was too late in becoming a sovereign state, when many nations achieved their separate states in order to exercise their rights and experience the freedom.
There were number of other problems that became nuisance for the English nation. These problems included the religious issues which were most important to resolve at that time in order to bring the spirit of equality among the nation and fight against the foreign domination.
The best thing about the book is that it does let the readers get off from the track and keep it interesting for the readers to read the history in a new way as this author has appointed the method of telling a story. That’s why this book of history is too easy for the readers to read. This book provides a window to the brief history of the English nation. Elizabeth I has been the woman of all type as she has managed to be persuasive to the nation leading such changes.
In this book the author has defined the motivational level of Elizabeth I through comparing with her father Henry VII. In her journey for the development of English Nation, she was dependent upon few of her trusted advisors. Most famous among these trusted advisors of Elizabeth I was William Cecil and Baron Burghley.
The author considers the Elizabeth as the topic of debate itself as she was never married to anyone despite of many of the parliamentarian petitions. The true reason behind her single status was a rumor. Some stated that she was not able to bear child while others boosted that she feared that her throne will be given to heir in order to rule when she will get old. Elizabeth was a short-tempered lady and she never required a man for the governance.
This book goes through the Elizabeth’s journey and enters us to the facts such as her courage and devotion towards the English nation. Elizabeth is considered as a moderate and focused in comparison with her family that had a background of struggle and politics. This journey of struggle and development of English nation in the Elizabeth’s era is considered to be the golden era of the history of England. This era was completely portrayed in the form of English art through painting and playwrights. Many play writers have used Elizabeth I as a protagonist of their plays because her life provides great many events in history that should be known to the world.
In this book the readers can read about both sides of the personality of the Elizabeth’s life because the author Susan Ronald has described Elizabeth as courageous person as well as fallible personality. The author is successful in describing the queen who is a beautiful woman and a shrewd naval commander who has used pirates arm in order to get the finances and goods.
The fragile era of the British Empire has developed in the form of the England. In 44 years of the Elizabeth’s reign, England got the national identity in the world. The national character of the England was obvious and prominent in the world. Many philosophers and historians claim that by the end of the ruling era of the Queen Elizabeth England suffered again with many economical and financial problems and many other political problems which conflicted after Elizabeth’s death.
Queen Elizabeth was notoriously famous for being indecisive as she relied on most of her advisors and these advisors helped her out from getting away from many problematic situations. Queen Elizabeth was able to keep her grip on the throne while in other states the monarchs were having conflicting year when they have to leave their throne in order to cope with the changing nature of the domestic as well as international politics.
Despite of countless wrong decisions she took and the enemies were given birth because of her mistaken decisions, she is considered to be the most feared women of the history. Spain, Ireland and many other states could not attack England for the strong will of this woman. The darker side of her personality as a queen is the scar for her life but people regard her as a Goddess because she was there when English nation was ramshackle.
People who are sure that they know almost everything about the struggle and infant period of the English nation would find their opinion wrong as the research by Susan Ronald is profound. This in-depth research of the author has benefited the book as many readers further recommend this book. The pirate queen is much more than just a historical book.
The flaw in the book is that the author has written the book in a very naïve manner as there has been in-depth research which is overlapping and the same information is used repeatedly. Though the book includes information of all sorts related to Elizabeth’ life and British Empire but the format of the book where the information is used over and over becomes too childish for a writer who has the potential to write a good book after profound research of history.
This book “the pirate queen” by Susan Ronald is a complete journey of Elizabeth’s life of patronage and governance for the British Empire to the State of England. This book is an informative insight of the infancy of English nation and the life of a cunning queen in order to develop the country.
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