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The Queens' Encounter

The Mary Stuart Anachronism in Dramas by Diamante, Boursault, Schiller and Donizetti

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Michael G. Paulson

The Queens' Encounter is the first scholarly work to examine the anachronistic meeting between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor in a coherent, international manner. First showing the encounter in the exchange of correspondence between the two queens, Paulson follows the development of an implied anachronism in seventeenth-century France and Spain to the actual depiction of the fictitious interview sequence in Diamante's La reina María Estuarda; the work then shows the «improvement» in the anachronism in the hands of such varied authors as Boursault, Schiller and Donizetti. The epilogue shows some post-Schillerian variations on the theme, to include works by Maxwell Anderson, Lebrun and others.
Contents: The book surveys the depiction of the anachronistic meeting between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor as seen in their letters, as well as in the plays by Diamante, Boursault, Schiller and Donizetti.
No previous work of criticism has treated this phenomenon as a general theme; it has always been viewed in isolation.