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The Myth of Elizabeth

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20 February 2003

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Elizabeth I is one of England's most admired and celebrated rulers. She is also one of its most iconic: her image is familiar from paintings, film and television.
This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays...

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Elizabeth I is one of England's most admired and celebrated rulers. She is also one of its most iconic: her image is familiar from paintings, film and television.
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 unambiguously 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 yet 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, dramatists and artists.

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A wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection of essays, with illustrations, which covers history, literature, portraiture and film and challenges prevailing assumptions about the monarch
Deals with issues such as 'government spin' and the creation of myths about Royals

List of Illustrations
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
List of Abbreviations
Notes and References
Notes on Contributors
Index.

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SUSAN DORAN is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, UK.

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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SUSAN DORAN is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, UK.

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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