Queen Elizabeth I: Past and Present
This work marks the 400th anniversary of the death of one of England's greatest monarchs, a highly intelligent and successful ruler. The volume appeals to everyone interested in the charismatic character of Elizabeth I, her time and cultural afterlife. Contributors focus on important aspects of Elizabeth's subtle and resourceful political power and the longstanding struggle she faced at home and abroad as well as the threats posed to her realm. This edition presents a series of essays about fictional representations of Queen Elizabeth I in literature, music, and film. Articles illuminate the fascinating story of her numerous afterlives and their significance for the cultural history of England, its sense of identity and psyche. Essays investigate the ceremony, festivities, and dance practices at her court and bring to life the cultural significance of this colorful and extraordinary monarch.
Christa Jansohn is professor of British culture at the University of Bamberg, Germany.
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Page 56 - Her own shall bless her: Her foes shake like a field of beaten corn, And hang their heads with sorrow. Good grows with her; In her days every man shall eat in safety Under his own vine what he plants, and sing The merry songs of peace to all his neighbours.
Page 56 - Let me speak, sir, For heaven now bids me ; and the words I utter Let none think flattery, for they'll find 'em truth. This royal infant — heaven still move about her! — Though in her cradle, yet now promises Upon this land a thousand thousand blessings, Which time shall bring to ripeness...
Page 50 - Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Even such a woman oweth to her husband; And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour, And not obedient to his honest will, What is she but a foul contending rebel And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
Page 156 - The Life and Death of Sir Thomas Gresham, with the Building of the Royal Exchange, or The Story of Queen Eleanor, with the Rearing of London Bridge upon Woolsacks!
Page 134 - tis most certain, Iras. Saucy lictors Will catch at us, like strumpets ; and scald rhymers Ballad us out o' tune : the quick comedians Extemporally will stage us, and present Our Alexandrian revels : Antony Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness I
Page 91 - I doe otherwise shadow her. For considering she beareth two persons, the one of a most royall queene or empresse, the other of a most vertuous and beautifull Lady...
Page 218 - Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free, How shall we extol thee, Who are born of thee? Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set; God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet; God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
Page 61 - Speeches Delivered to Her Maiestie this last Progresse at the Right Honorable the Lady Rvssels, at Bissam, the Right Honorable the Lorde Chandos at Sudley, at the Right Honorable the Lord Norris at Ricorte (Oxford, 1592) may be found hi the Brit.
Page 92 - And raise my thoughtes, too humble and too vile, To thinke of that true glorious type of thine, The argument of mine afflicted stile : The which to heare vouchsafe, O dearest dread, a while.