Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture

Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture

Edited by Donald Stump and Linda Shenk et al.
2011 | 340 + xx pp. | 6 ills. | 978-0-86698-455-3 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 407 | $70 | £45 |

Edited by Donald Stump, Linda Shenk, and Carole Levin

Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’ brings together eighteen wide-ranging and accessible essays on the queen and her extraordinary methods as a ruler. Focusing less on the usual sites of government than on more peripheral places where Elizabeth presented herself to her people and the world, the volume takes up early interactions with her family, popular representations of her as a mother, her use of poetry and oratory to persuade, her aims in elevating favorite men, and her constant interplay with her people through travels, tournaments, portraits, and literary works depicting her as a wise and divinely ordained ruler.