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A Monarchy of Letters: Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I (Queenship and Power) Hardcover – 17 May 2012


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'In A Monarchy of Letters, Allinson shows the importance of royal correspondence in foreign policy making and how good relations between monarchs helped to preserve peace between realms…Through well-documented and also through less well studied primary sources, Rayne Allinson shrewdly enhances our understanding of early modern royal epistolary relationships.' – Reviews in History
 
"Rayne Allinson presents in broad scope and extensive detail the story of Elizabeth I's epistolary dealings with the monarchs and rulers of her time - in each case, a multifaceted narrative told to a large extent in Elizabeth's own words. Allinson offers fascinating narratives of diplomacy mediated through a complex web of correspondence. Her work succeeds on several levels - in offering an absorbing and well-researched review of some of Elizabeth's most instrumental letters, with ample quotation, and in elucidating the role epistolary rhetoric played in early modern political culture. Rich in detail and interpretation of this especially notable period in diplomatic and rhetorical history." - Renaissance Quarterly
 
'Rayne Allinson's engaging and lively monograph is a timely contribution to our knowledge of Queen Elizabeth I's foreign letters…The book opens up numerous avenues of research and is extremely stimulating; there is no doubt whatsoever that it constitutes a landmark in the field…this is a work of the highest scholarship from which historians, literary or not, students and laymen should benefit enormously' – Journal of the Northern Renaissance

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Examines Queen Elizabeth's correspondence and the role her letters played in facilitating diplomatic relations.

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A rare treat. 1 Feb 2013
By Douglas Gresham - Published on Amazon.com
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Its is rare to find a book about a specialised subject such as Queen Elizabeth I's letters to contemporary reigning monarchs, which can both hold the interest and at the same time delight the reader. Anyone with an interest in the now almost lost art of epistolography, in Europe of Elizabethan times, in the origins of the art of modern diplomacy, or simply in "Good Queen Bess" will find this work fascinating. More than that, the book is well written and easily read. It is that rare thing, a book for scholars that will be equally enjoyable to the layman such as myself.
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