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Power slips from Gloriana’s jewelled fingers

In a striking portrait of Elizabeth in her later years, John Guy shows that, even before the Armada, the Queen was beginning to lose her grip and her popularity

21 May 2016

9:00 AM

21 May 2016

9:00 AM

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years John Guy

Viking, pp.512, £25, ISBN: 9780670922253

If you’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently, you’ll have seen an old folkloric fantasy in which a bewitching young prophetess, a charismatic war leader, slips alone into her private chambers and removes an enchanted necklace. Beneath it, she’s just one more withered crone. We, the viewers, having happily feasted on her naked body, now congratulate ourselves on seeing it for what it is: another whore’s trick.

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