Elizabeth Tudor: Portrait of a Queen

Elizabeth Tudor: Portrait of a Queen

Elizabeth Tudor: Portrait of a Queen

Elizabeth Tudor: Portrait of a Queen

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Now death has extinguished envy and lighted up fame, the felicity of her memory contends in a manner with the felicity of her life.

--FRANCIS BACON, On the Fortunate Memory of Elizabeth

FAME, as Mark Twain said, is "a rough business. Shakespeare's dead, Dickens is dead, and I don't feel so good myself." Fame has been prodigal with Elizabeth I. Like Cleopatra she has become the "Queen of Addiction" who "makes hungry where most she satisfies." A quick glance at the British Museum's holdings gives a count -- exclusive of lectures, special studies, characterizations, observations and polemics -- of some sixty full-length biographies of the Virgin Queen in five different languages. Time has in no way dulled the appetite, and for the last fourteen years the average has been one new biography a year. The addict can read about Gloriana's health, girlhood, death, private life, love affairs and ghost; study her progresses, maids of honor, courtiers, parliaments, spies, rebellions, speeches and witticisms; sample her image in drama, poetry and French literature; and can even be told that she was the . . .

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