Representing Elizabeth in Stuart England: Literature, History, Sovereignty

Representing Elizabeth in Stuart England: Literature, History, Sovereignty

by John Watkins
     
 

This is the first book to examine Elizabeth I's lasting impact on the Anglo-American historical imagination. John Watkins attributes her abiding popularity to her iconic role in seventeenth-century debates over the nature of sovereignty. Watkins focuses on England's most turbulent century because it witnessed the consolidation of enduring attitudes toward both the… See more details below

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This is the first book to examine Elizabeth I's lasting impact on the Anglo-American historical imagination. John Watkins attributes her abiding popularity to her iconic role in seventeenth-century debates over the nature of sovereignty. Watkins focuses on England's most turbulent century because it witnessed the consolidation of enduring attitudes toward both the Tudor past and the English monarchy. He explains that seventeenth-century representations of Elizabeth intersected with the period's wider debate over the sovereign's relationship to the people. He then traces the development of Elizabeth's iconic significance as the century moves on; the stories of Princess Elizabeth's sufferings under Mary Tudor or of her secret longings for Essex eventually figured more prominently in the popular imagination than records of her relationship with Parliament. By the early eighteenth century Elizabeth had acquired a new value as a model of the tragic individual pitted against a hostile social order.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521118965
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Watkins is Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He is the author of The Specter of Dido: Spenser and Virgilian Epic (1995).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1James I and the fictions of Elizabeth's motherhood14
2The queen of royal citizens: Elizabeth in Thomas Heywood's historical imagination36
3Arcana reginae: Tacitean narrations of the Elizabethan past56
4Recollections of Elizabeth during the civil wars and Interregnum87
5Restoration Elizabeth108
6"Under the name of a virgin or maiden queen"136
7Gloriana's secrets: the Restoration invention of Elizabeth's private life150
8After the revolution: Gloriana in late Stuart England188
Conclusion220
Notes230
Index259

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