By Michael Dobson;Nicola J. Watson
No monarch is extra glamorous or extra arguable than Elizabeth I. The tales in which successive generations have sought to extol, clarify, or excoriate Elizabeth offer a wealthy index to the cultural heritage of English nationalism--whether they symbolize her as Anne Boleyn's discomfort orphan or because the implacable nemesis of Mary, Queen of Scots, as discovered stateswoman or as annoyed lover, persecuted princess or effective warrior queen. This ebook examines the various afterlives the Virgin Queen has lived in drama, poetry, fiction, portray, propaganda, and the cinema over the 4 centuries in view that her dying, from the aspiringly epic to the frankly kitsch. Exploring the Elizabeths of Shakespeare and Spenser, of Sophia Lee and Sir Walter Scott, of Bette Davis and of Glenda Jackson, of Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder II, it is a vigorous, lavishly-illustrated research of England's perennial fascination with a queen who's nonetheless engaged in a posthumous development in the course of the collective psyche of her state.
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