Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada

by Frances Winwar
179 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by niennasiblings

Interesting and easy overview of the Tudor era, especially Elizabeth's rule.


This tells the story of Queen Elizabeth from a brief overview of Henry VIII's reign to her death.


Belief in spells and such is mentioned and neither stated to be true nor refuted as false.

Spiritual Content

The book mostly ignores the Reformation and barely covers the Catholic versus Protestant aspect of the times.


A man is strangled, another is stabbed to death, and many people are beheaded and burned at the stake. There are a lot of other things also, but each is just stated, not described or witnessed.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Henry VIII famously had six consecutive wives. Mary Stuart had two husbands, the second one possibly having murdered the first.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



This book is an enjoyable read and a good introduction to the Tudor Period and Elizabeth's life, without being weighed down by many details. It would not be useful as a study of the reasons behind Elizabeth's actions, nor does it focus on the Spanish Armada. Recommended for the age group it was written for.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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