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The Letters of Lady Arbella Stuart : Women Writers in English 1350-1850 - Arbella Stuart

The Letters of Lady Arbella Stuart

Women Writers in English 1350-1850

Paperback Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780195087185
Number Of Pages: 320

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Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) was a claimant to the English throne whose more than one hundred letters to relatives, her husband, the royal family, court officials, and friends reveal a powerful personal and public drama. Stuart's royal birth and demand for independence twice placed her in direct conflict with Queen Elizabeth and King James over an unauthorized marriage, once in 1603 when she attempted to marry clandestinely and again in 1610 when she did marry, then escaped from her subsequent confinement and was recaptured. In her letters, Stuart applies her considerable rhetorical skills to justify her actions, to express her anger, to create a fictional lover, to advance her family at court, and, after marriage, to seek her freedom. Her revisions in the letters, included here, offer readers unusual access to the thinking and strategies of a talented Renaissance writer. Sara Jayne Steen has transcribed, ordered, dated, and annotated the letters and drafts. A biographical and critical introduction draws on newly rediscovered papers to reassess Stuart's life and writing.

"[An] important addition to the `canon' in carefully edited, accessible, and affordable text."--Dr. K. Blumreich, Grand Valley State University "Steen's splendid edition is the obvious product of careful research and transcription....Barring the discovery of a new archive, this is certain to be the definitive edition."--Sixteenth Century Journal "[An] important addition to the `canon' in carefully edited, accessible, and affordable text."--Dr. K. Blumreich, Grand Valley State University "Steen's splendid edition is the obvious product of careful research and transcription....Barring the discovery of a new archive, this is certain to be the definitive edition."--Sixteenth Century Journal

ISBN: 9780195087185
ISBN-10: 0195087186
Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.95  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Type: Annotated