The Letters of Lady Arbella Stuart

The Letters of Lady Arbella Stuart

by Arbella Stuart
     
 


Lady Arbella Stuart, claimant to the English throne, traditionally has been portrayed as either a hero or fool for marrying against King James's edict and attempting to flee from France. This is Stuart's story as she tells it in more than one hundred letters written to relatives, her husband, the royal family, public officials, and friends. Based largely on…  See more details below

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Lady Arbella Stuart, claimant to the English throne, traditionally has been portrayed as either a hero or fool for marrying against King James's edict and attempting to flee from France. This is Stuart's story as she tells it in more than one hundred letters written to relatives, her husband, the royal family, public officials, and friends. Based largely on original manuscripts, this volume reveals a powerful personal and public drama, as Stuart's royal birth and demand for independence place her in conflict with Queen Elizabeth and King James. Verbally gifted, Stuart creates a fictional lover, maneuvers within the patronage network, and, after her marriage, applies her considerable rhetorical skills to solicit favor and freedom. Her own revisions, which are included, offer the reader unusual access to the thinking of a talented Renaissance writer as she shapes her prose. Steen has transcribed, ordered, dated, annotated, and critically analyzed the letters and drafts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195080575
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.14(d)

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