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4.0 out of 5 stars Collection of essays assessing the cult of Elizabeth, 1 April 2010
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This review is from: The Myth of Elizabeth (Paperback)
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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The Myth of Elizabeth by Dr Susan Doran (Paperback - 20 Feb 2003)
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