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Queen and Country

The Relation between the Monarch and the People in the Development of the English Nation

Edited By Giuseppe Brunetti and Alessandra Petrina

Focussing on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this collection of essays investigates the relation between the Queen and her subjects, which shapes contemporary and future politics and is actively crucial in the debate upon the divine right of kings. The book explores the ways in which political power, intensely aware of the possibilities of literature, encourages, ostracizes or manipulates the production of writing. Through the act of writing, the Queen and her country communicate: the moulding of this act of communication is no minor task for the Queen, no minor privilege for her country. The book investigates the Queen’s own writings, with particular attention to her poems and the speeches to the nation; the production of literary culture during her reign, including the presence of oppositional voices; and the treatment of her image and memory, as well as her political legacy, during the reign of James I and Charles I.


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Acknowledgements The editor and contributors would like to acknowledge the help of the Fondazione Cariparo, whose financial support made the whole ‘Queen and Country’ research project possible, and of the Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Anglo-Germaniche (Università degli Studi di Pa- dova), which hosted, in July 2007, the conference in which the themes discussed in the present volume were first analysed. The editor’s personal thanks are due first of all to the contributors to this volume, for their dedication and scholarly passion, as well as for their patience and good humour; in particular, thanks to Paola Bottalla who was there from the start, and to Monica Santini who offered precious assistance both at the conference and throughout the collecting and editing of the essays. Other scholars who participated in the Padova conference helped this team by reading papers and offering invaluable suggestions, and our gratitude to Michael Wyatt, Louise George Clubb, Rosanna Camerlingo, Mario Melchionda, and Giuliana Iannaccaro is heartfelt. Laura Tosi has been an important presence throughout the making of this book, with her friendship and expertise. Lastly, thanks to Peter Mack, John Moore, and Giuseppe Brunetti, friends and colleagues. A note on the text Quotations from Elizabeth’s poems, letters, speeches and prayers are taken (unless otherwise noted) from Elizabeth I. Collected Works, ed. by Leah S. Marcus, Janel Mueller, and Mary Beth Rose, Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. Quotations from the works of William Shakespeare are taken from The Riverside Shake- speare, ed. by G....

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