Elizabeth I in Writing

Language, Power and Representation in Early Modern England

  • Donatella Montini
  • Iolanda Plescia

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Donatella Montini, Iolanda Plescia
    Pages 1-8
  3. Elizabeth as Author

  4. Elizabeth Authored

  5. The Gift of Language, the Language of the Gift

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-254

About this book


This collection investigates Queen Elizabeth I as an accomplished writer in her own right as well as the subject of authors who celebrated her. With innovative essays from Brenda M. Hosington, Carole Levin, and other established and emerging experts, it reappraises Elizabeth’s translations, letters, poems and prayers through a diverse range of approaches to textuality, from linguistic and philological to literary and cultural-historical.  The book also considers Elizabeth as “authored,” studying how she is reflected in the writing of her contemporaries and reconstructing a wider web of relations between the public and private use of language in early modern culture. Contributions from Carlo M. Bajetta, Guillaume Coatelen and Giovanni Iamartino bring the Queen’s presence in early modern Italian literary culture to the fore. Together, these essays illuminate the Queen in writing, from the multifaceted linguistic and rhetorical strategies that she employed, to the texts inspired by her power and charisma.


queenship Elizabeth I Tudor Henry VIII Anne Boleyn letters of Elizabeth I afterlife of Elizabeth I Tudor court culture Elizabeth I's translations early modern women's writing early modern Italian literature history of the English language early modern textuality

Editors and affiliations

  • Donatella Montini
    • 1
  • Iolanda Plescia
    • 2
  1. 1.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71951-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71952-8
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