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The Expansion of Elizabethan England
A. L. Rowse
With a new foreword by Michael Portillo

"One of the major works of historical literature to appear in our time."
—New Statesman

The adventurers and merchants (as well as the poets and playwrights) of the Elizabethan age are legendary. This work by the eminent historian A. L. Rowse argues that, under Elizabeth I, England began its expansion and eventual enormous impact upon the world. In this era, England amplifed its ideas and influence on international affairs and it also expanded physically into Cornwall and Ireland, made first contact with Russia and the Canadian North, and opened trade with India and the Far East. This new edition includes an introduction by Alison Weir.

"Rowse has created a masterpiece on a great subject."
Times Literary Supplement

A. L. Rowse (1903–1997) was a fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. The general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, he achieved worldwide fame when he claimed the elusive Dark Lady of the sonnets was Emilia Lanier. He published more than ninety books of history, poems, biography, and criticism, including The England of Elizabeth. Michael Portillo is the Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea, and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for Defence under Margaret Thatcher. He studied history at Cambridge and recently presented a television programme in the UK arguing that Elizabeth I was the 'greatest Briton.'

Copublished with Palgrave MacMillian

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cover of Rowse is art of Elizabeth I

March 2003
464 pp.          6 x 9

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