By Helen Castor Allen Lane, £12.99, hardback, 128 pages
Can anything more be said about Elizabeth I, the Tudor ‘virgin queen’ who fascinates as much now as four centuries ago? Well, if this concise, incisive book by author and broadcaster Helen Castor is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Exploring how power, politics and having Henry VIII as a dad irrevocably shaped her personality, it’s a fresh look at a compelling figure.
“It explores how power, politics and having Henry VIII as a dad shaped her personality”