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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (20 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333930843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333930847
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an excellent collection. All the essays are very strong and many are by noted scholars. This book will find a wide readership.' - Carole Levin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
'This attractive collection of essays takes in Elizabeth's myth as Protestant martyr and heart-of-a-king monarch for gentle questioning.' - Plays International

'Capably fills an important gap in the market.' - Dr Alec Ryrie, University of Birmingham

'A splendid and useful collection.' - Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Oxford University

'It is hard to imagine a more riveting or coherent group of essays than those in The Myth of Elizabeth.' - H.Albion

'These essays serve to reorient our vision, to see the sixteenth-century world as the men and women of that time saw it.' - Wallace MacCaffrey, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

'The thought-provoking essays in this collection are certain to pave the way for much new research in Elizabethan studies.' - Elizabeth Goldring, Renaissance Quarterly

'The Myth of Elizabeth provides a variety of fascinating insights into the formation and perpetuation of Elizabeth's mythic image.' - Ronald Fritze, The Sixteenth Century Journal
'Thomas S. Freeman and Susan Doran have produced a collection of essays of considerable elegance and consistency.' - Women: A Cultural Review

About the Author

SUSAN DORAN is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, UK.

THOMAS S. FREEMAN is the Research Officer for the British Academy John Foxe Project and is affiliated with the University of Sheffield.

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Doran and Freeman situate this collection of essays within the debate over the 'cult of Elizabeth' and, as such, this is about receptions and representations of Elizabeth rather than a history of the woman and queen.

As such, they take on both Strong and Greenblatt and their differing views on whether Elizabeth controlled her representation as virgin queen, Gloriana etc. or whether these were images imposed on her by the culture and society in which she lived.

These essays explore both these positions in greater depth, and are organised around three points of time: the contemporary view of Elizabeth; the Jacobean view following her death; the modern view. They're particularly interested in the way gender has shaped her imagery while focusing on the competing myths of her as virgin and promiscuous woman.

Taking in texts, portraits and other visual imagery, and even modern films, this is an interesting take on Elizabeth which foregrounds the multiplicity of images which she has engendered.
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Excellent book and good delivery. what more could one wish for?
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I have been looking through and scanning this book. It needs to be read essay by essay because it is quite dry.
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