Elizabeth I The Voice of a Monarch (Paperback)
|Author: Ilona Bell|
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This book focuses on the ways in which Elizabeth represented herself in her own words, especially in speeches, reported conversations, and private poems from the first half of her reign when she was simultaneously establishing her political authority and negotiating marriage at home and abroad. Although Elizabeth''s novel and unprecedented art of courtship garnered considerable resistance and disapproval, by the end of her reign it had sparked or merged with a wider, ongoing social controversy over conjugal freedom of choice and women''s lawful liberty that helped make the Elizabethan era an extraordinarily fertile and creative period in English literature.