The Death Of Elizabeth I: Remembering And Reconstructing The Virgin Queen
by Catherine Loomis /
2010 / English / PDF
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The death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603 was greeted by an outpouring of official proclamations, gossip-filled letters, tense diary entries, diplomatic dispatches, and somber sermons. English poets wrote hundreds of elegies to Elizabeth, and playwrights began bringing her onto the stage. This book uses these historical and literary sources, including a maid of honors eyewitness account of the explosion of the Queens corpse, to provide a detailed history of Elizabeths final illness and death, and to show Elizabeths subjectspeers and poets, bishops and beggars, women and menresponding to their loss by remembering and reconstructing their Queen.