Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Elizabeth I: Collected Works

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Elizabeth I: Collected Works

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LEAH S. MARCUS, JANEL MUELLER, AND MARY BETH ROSE, EDS. Elizabeth I: Collected Works. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Pp. xxiv + 466, indices, illustrations. $40.00.

This extraordinary collection of documents includes many of the writings of an extraordinary queen. The editors of this valuable resource, Leah S. Marcus, Janel Mueller, and Mary Beth Rose, are English professors and Renaissance scholars. They have produced a handsome volume which will appeal to historians and theologians, indeed to anyone interested in this fascinating monarch and inspired writer.

This collection has several attributes that increase its broad appeal and usefulness. Most notably, this is the first collection of the queen's extant full-length speeches, poems, prayers, letters, and other writings presented in modernized English versions and translations. With the possible exception of G. B. Harrison's 1968 somewhat fuller edition of Elizabeth's letters, this anthology replaces and significantly augments all prior texts with its substantial scholarship. There are helpful textual and historical notations to guide amateurs and professional scholars alike. A useful index of names refers readers back to carefully annotated references. Scholarly debates over various readings are offered and wisely adjudicated. Even familiar illustrations take on new light when they are aside these lyrical texts. These materials are arranged in four chronological periods, the first from 1533-1558, when Elizabeth Tudor was only a princess, with documents subdivided as letters, speeches, poems, and prayers. …

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