Elizabeth I's Foreign Correspondence: Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics

Bajetta, Carlo M.; Coatalen, Guillaume and Gibson, Jonathan eds. (2014). Elizabeth I's Foreign Correspondence: Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics. Queenship and Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137448415

URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137448408


A collection focusing on the extensive foreign correspondence of Elizabeth I, one of the most important documentary sources for the political history of the period. The book includes new editions and translations of 15 French and Italian letters by Elizabeth as well as essays on language, rhetorical structures, political contexts and materiality. 'This is a superb collection, and one of the best collections on Elizabeth (possibly on early modern history generally) produced over the past few years. This is partly because of the consistently high quality of the essays themselves, but it also owes much to the overall concept and approach. The combination of edited texts and investigative essays allows sustained and detailed examination of key issues—the process of letter-writing, about language and how it is used, and about the materiality of letters—which we need in order to understand early modern politics.' (Natalie Mears in The English Historical Review).

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