Learned Queen: The Image of Elizabeth I in Politics and Poetry

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byLinda Shenk

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The first book to examine Queen Elizabeth I as a “learned prince,” Learned Queen reveals a rather startling phenomenon: Elizabeth’s educated status was crucial to England’s burgeoning role as an international power. Examining Elizabeth’s own demonstrations of erudition alongside literary works of such political luminaries as Sir Philip Sidney and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, this book reveals how poetry, foreign relations, and intellectual culture are far more integrated than we have hitherto imagined. From these connections emerges a methodology that places Elizabethan political culture and poetry fully on the transnational stage.

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The first book to examine Queen Elizabeth I as a “learned prince,” Learned Queen reveals a rather startling phenomenon: Elizabeth’s educated status was crucial to England’s burgeoning role as an international power. Examining Elizabeth’s own demonstrations of erudition alongside literary works of such political luminaries as Sir Philip...

Linda Shenk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Iowa State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.57 × 5.7 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230615627

ISBN - 13:9780230615625

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Queen Solomon: Elizabeth I in Christian Prayers and Meditations (1569) * A Wise Elizabeth and Her Devoted Diplomats: Sidney’s The Lady of May and Anglo-Dutch Relations * Queen of God’s Word in the Age of the Sword: Elizabeth’s Divine Wisdom and Apocalyptic Discourse in the 1580s * Philosopher Queen: Elizabeth’s Transcendent Wisdom in the 1590s * A Loving Scholar of His Queen’s Wisdom: The Earl of Essex, Anglo-French Affairs, and Of Love and Self-Love (1595) * Afterword: The Foolish Playwright and the Transcendent Queen: Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream