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Elizabeth I : The Voice of a Monarch - Ilona Bell

Elizabeth I

The Voice of a Monarch

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 2010
ISBN: 9780230621053
Number Of Pages: 207

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This book focuses on the ways in which Elizabeth represented herself in her own words, especially in speeches, reported conversations, and private poems from the first half of her reign when she was simultaneously establishing her political authority and negotiating marriage at home and abroad. Although Elizabeth's novel and unprecedented art of courtship garnered considerable resistance and disapproval, by the end of her reign it had sparked or merged with a wider, ongoing social controversy over conjugal freedom of choice and women's lawful liberty that helped make the Elizabethan era an extraordinarily fertile and creative period in English literature.

'This is a well-researched study. Bell lucidly highlights how Elizabeth deployed her formidable rhetorical skills to negate the threat posed by her unmarried feminine state, while simultaneously asserting her sovereign authority.' Journal of British Studies



"Bell is the only scholar out there who is able to tackle the complexities of Elizabeth's written and reported spoken discourse with the full literary attention that it deserves. Once published, this pathbreaking book will show an entire generation of scholars how to integrate Elizabeth Tudor the writer into our understanding of rhetoric, poetics, and language in the Elizabethan age. The fruits of this heightened attention to the rhetoricity and literariness of Elizabeth's self-presentation are clear. Bell has the potential to change the way we think about Elizabeth's place in the histories of gender, politics, religions, diplomacy - ultimately in history itself." - John Watkins, Professor of English, University of Minnesota

List of Imagesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Permissionsp. xvii
From Princess to Prince-A Brief Life Storyp. 1
The Art of Poetry, the Art of Courtship: Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Writing Culturep. 7
The Pre-coronation Procession: So Prince-like a Voicep. 31
Early Days: Parliamentary Speech (1559) and the Woodstock Epigramsp. 45
Diplomacy and Correspondency: Elizabeth's Reported Speechp. 65
Parliamentary Speeches (1563, 1566) and the Psalter Posyp. 93
Popular Debate and Courtly Dialogue: Always Her Own Free Womanp. 117
The Queen of Enigma and Monsieur's Departurep. 145
Notesp. 173
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780230621053
ISBN-10: 0230621058
Series: Queenship and Power
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 22nd June 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1