This long-awaited and masterfully edited volume contains nearly all of the writings of Queen Elizabeth I: the clumsy letters of childhood, the early speeches of a fledgling queen, and the prayers and poetry of the monarch's later years. The first collection of its kind, Elizabeth I reveals brilliance on two counts: that of the Queen, a dazzling writer and a leading intellect of the English Renaissance, and that of the editors, whose copious annotations make the book not only essential to scholars but accessible to general readers as well. qThis collection shines a light onto the character and experience of one of the most interesting of monarchs. . . . We are likely never to get a closer or clearer look at her. An intriguing and intense portrait of a woman who figures so importantly in the birth of our modern world.qaPublishers Weekly qAn admirable scholarly edition of the queen's literary output. . . . This anthology will excite scholars of Elizabethan history, but there is something here for all of us who revel in the English language.qaJohn Cooper, Washington Times qSubstantial, scholarly, but accessible. . . . An invaluable work of reference.qaPatrick Collinson, London Review of Books qIn a single extraordinary volume . . . Marcus and her coeditors have collected the Virgin Queen's letters, speeches, poems and prayers. . . . An impressive, heavily footnoted volume.qaLibrary Journal qThis excellent anthology of [Elizabeth's] speeches, poems, prayers and letters demonstrates her virtuosity and afford the reader a penetrating insight into her 'wiles and understandings.'qaAnne Somerset, New Statesman qHere then is the only trustworthy collection of the various genres of Elizabeth's writings. . . . A fine edition which will be indispensable to all those interested in Elizabeth I and her reign.qaSusan Doran, History qIn the torrent of words about her, the queen's own words have been hard to find. . . . [This] volume is a major scholarly achievement that makes Elizabeth's mind much more accessible than before. . . . A veritable feast of material in different genres.qaDavid Norbrook, The New RepublicFor words or wise reports ne yet8 examples gone 15 a#39;Gan bridle youthful9 sports, till age came stealing10 on. ... Harley version of this line is aAll such desire I leave / To such as follow trainsa; that is, to would-be courtiers. ... 1. Source: Ralegha#39;s poem to Elizabeth is transcribed by permission 306 POEMS 1572a1587.
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