Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 281
Weight: 505 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
'This new essay collection makes a serious and significant contribution to studies of Elizabeth I. A diversity of approaches sheds new light on this iconic queen, investigating the materiality of her own writings as well as her influence on stagings of female power. We are invited to view her from perspectives of prophecy and nostalgia, and to look afresh at this endlessly fascinating monarch.' - Helen Hackett, University College London, UK
'This considered and cohesive sequence of essays on the cultural presence of Elizabeth I is both elegant and timely. The collection is given a distinguished focus in the Prologue contributed by the celebrated expert on Elizabethan culture and drama, Stephen Orgel, with its poised consideration of the relation between the arts and the 'monarch's will.' Thereafter, the book's three sections explore the image and presence of the queen: in her own words, in the events and writings which she promoted and patronised, and in subsequent recollection and reinterpretation.
The focus throughout is international with significant work on Elizabeth's use of French and on Elizabeth's appearance in the eyes of an Italian contemporary. Her place in time is considered in many aspects: as a figure embodying past virtues, as the presiding goddess of a glorious present, and as the prophetess of a new order to come. One of the distinguishing features of this collection is the awareness which accompanies all these investigations of the elements of improvisation and insecurity which formed the counterpoint to the public triumphs of Elizabeth. There are particularly rich reflections on dramatic echoes of Elizabeth's governance in the plays of Webster and Shakespeare.
The continental focus of the volume is particularly welcome, offering the reader new discoveries on the map of the queen's world. This focus also points silently to a palpable absence of Elizabethan culture: the ambiguous withdrawal of her realm from the international respublica litterarum, from the possibility of comparison.
This collection is as notable for the careful selection of subjects and editorial shaping of a coherent whole as it is for the skill and knowledge of the individual contributors. The Introduction draws the whole volume together in its finely-nuanced consideration of Elizabeth as a subject placed in time.' - Peter Davidson, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK
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