The Myth Of Elizabeth

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Elizabeth I is one of England's most admired and celebrated rulers. She is also one of its most iconic. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the origins and development of the image and myths that came to surround the Virgin Queen. The essays question the prevailing assumptions about the mythic Elizabeth and challenge the view that she was unanimously celebrated in the literature and portraiture of the early modern era. They explain how the most familiar myths surrounding the queen ...

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Overview

Elizabeth I is one of England's most admired and celebrated rulers. She is also one of its most iconic. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the origins and development of the image and myths that came to surround the Virgin Queen. The essays question the prevailing assumptions about the mythic Elizabeth and challenge the view that she was unanimously celebrated in the literature and portraiture of the early modern era. They explain how the most familiar myths surrounding the queen developed from the concerns of her contemporaries and continue to reverberate today. Published to mark the 400th anniversary of the queen's death, this volume will appeal to all those with an interest in the historiography of Elizabeth's reign and Elizabethan, and Jacobean, poets and dramatists.

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"This is an excellent collection. All the essays are very strong and many are by noted scholars. This book will find a wide readership."—Carole Levin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333930847
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,364,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Doran is Stipendiary Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford. Thomas S. Freeman is the Research Officer for the British Academy John Foxe Project and is affiliated with the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

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• Introduction—S. Doran and T. S. Freeman
Part One: Trojan Horses: Contemporary Criticisms of Elizabeth
• Providence and Prescription: the Account of Elizabeth in Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'—T. S. Freeman
• Duessa's Trial and Elizabeth's Error: Judging Elizabeth in Spenser's Faerie Queen—A. Hadfield
Part Two: Jacobean Perspectives: Politic Princess or Protestant Heroine?
• William Camden and the Anti-Myth of Elizabeth: Setting the Mould?—P. Collinson
• Elizabeth in Arcadia: Fulke Greville and John Hayward's Construction of Elizabeth, 1610-12—L. Richardson
• Drama Queen: Staging Elizabeth in If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody—T. Grant
• 'A Very Deborah?' The Myth of Elizabeth I as a Providential Monarch—A. Walsham
Part Three: Elizabeth Engendered: The Presentation and Practice
• Virginity, Divinity and Power: the Portraits of Elizabeth I—S. Doran
• Queen Elizabeth and Mrs Bishop—B. Usher
• Harington's Gossip—J. Scott-Warren
• A Queen for All Seasons: Elizabeth I on Film—T. Betteridge

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