Excerpt from the book: "The queen, however, went to visit this encampment and reviewed the troops in person. She rode to and fro on horseback along the lines, armed like a warrior. At least she had a corslet of polished steel over her magnificent dress, and bore a general’s truncheon, a richly-ornamented staff used as a badge of command. ... 'I have,' said she, 'I know, only the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart of a king, and I am ready for my God, my kingdom, and my people to have that body laid down, even in the dust. If the battle comes, therefore, I shall myself be in the midst and front of it, to live or die with you.'”
Elizabeth I is part of Makers of History, a 19th century biography series by two brothers, Jacob and John S.C. Abbott. Reprinted by Canon Press, these biographies have been edited and brought up-to-date for readers twelve and up. Not only are these editions given vintage style paperback covers, but they also include introductions that explain where these men and women fit into the timeline of history.