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Elizabeth I
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Felix Pryor is a writer, art historian, and manuscripts expert. He has written on Shakespeare and is editor of The Faber Book of Letters (1988).

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"This collection of letters from Elizabeth to her father, King Henry Vlll, and Mary, Queen of Scots, among others, forms a chronicle of her teenage years, into and throughout her reign. While the language is often flowery by our standards -- "me thinks I am more beholdinge to the hindar part of my hed" -- the letters reveal an introspective side to the woman who was forced to become what she dreaded: Queen. Particularly striking is the comparison of her signatures, growing in physical size as she strides further and further into monarchy."--"Toronto Globe & Mail

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