Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch by Ilona Bell (auth.)

By Ilona Bell (auth.)

This groundbreaking publication combines literary interpretation, gender research, and cultural, political, and diplomatic heritage to ascertain how Elizabeth I used the discourse of affection to set up her political energy, assert her correct to marry or now not, and rule the rustic herself both way.

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Because she was so ready to use speech, manuscript, and print to construct her voice and to shape her reign, her words acquired enormous force, reverberating throughout Elizabethan England and merging with a vital literary and social debate about language, gender, power, and marital freedom of choice. ”68 Elizabethan English was the Queen’s English, as divine as it was amorous. Figure 3. Queen Elizabeth I in Coronation Robes, English School, c. 1559–1600 CHAPTER 3 THE PRE-CORONATION PROCESSION: SO PRINCELIKE A VOICE She made me a great discourse of the friendship that her people bore her, telling me that it was unbelievable, and how she loved them no less than they her, and she would die rather than see any diminution on the one part or the other.

Puttenham—Patronage and Dissimulation Patronage, which has played a dominant role in English Renaissance scholarship for the last quarter century, was an extremely complex system of petitions and rewards that linked politics and literature; court, country, and city; crown and reading public. ”25 I want to reexamine The Art here because it shows how seemingly compelling but unsubstantiated assumptions about the patronage system can yield fallacious conclusions about Elizabeth’s relationship to Elizabethan literature.

But gender trumped sovereignty. Elizabeth was carried in a litter, like all previous queens, whether they were queens regnant like her older sister, the recently departed Queen Mary, or queens consort like her mother, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. 4 Following her on horseback was a procession of leading elites from the aristocracy, parliament, and church, all dressed in sumptuous costumes betokening their high status, in the order established by rank and precedent. The parade route from Fenchurch to Eastcheap was lined by guildsmen wearing their livery hoods, rich furs, and red silk ordered by the queen herself.

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