Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch

Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch

by I. Bell
     
 

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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, a time when she was simultaneously establishing her political authority and negotiating marriage. Her insistence on conducting her own courtships and ruling the country herself

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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, a time when she was simultaneously establishing her political authority and negotiating marriage. Her insistence on conducting her own courtships and ruling the country herself whether or not she married provoked widespread discussion and considerable resistance. Her unprecedented art of courtship, expressed in her characteristically witty, enigmatic language and forceful rhetoric, merged with a wider social controversy over conjugal freedom of choice and women's lawful liberty that helped make the Elizabethan era an extraordinarily fertile creative period in English literature.

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'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230621053
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/21/2010
Series:
Queenship and Power Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ilona Bell is Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College. She is the author of Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship and numerous essays on Renaissance poetry and early modern women. She edited the classic, John Donne: Selected Poems.

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