The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I

Hardcover | September 20, 2015

EditorNadine Akkerman

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The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart is the first complete edition of the letters of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Electress Palatine of the Rhine and Queen of Bohemia, daughter of King James I of England and Anna of Denmark. Volume I covers Elizabeth's life as princess and consort in the years between 1603 and 1631. It includes letters exchanged with her brother, Henry Frederick, the courtship letters of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and Elizabeth's experiences of both marital and court life in Heidelberg, especiallyher struggle with Germanic culture and her arguments with both her husband and mother-in-law over rights of precedence. From 1619 her letters become increasingly political as she begs her father, the Duke of Buckingham, and others for assistance in the desperate struggle for the Crown of Bohemia.Deposed in 1620, Elizabeth spends her time in exile devising ploys to gain further financial, moral, and military support from statesmen and military leaders such as Sir Dudley Carleton, the "Mad Halberstadter" Christian of Brunswick, Count Ernest of Mansfeld, King Christian IV of Denmark, andBethlen Gabor, Prince of Transylvania, behaviour increasingly in defiance of her father's wishes and demands.Elizabeth's letters evidence her slow transformation from political ingenue to independent stateswoman, a position cemented as her husband fell victim to the war they had precipitated. The diplomatic writing skills she developed in this period were to become her only weapon for securing both theinheritance of her many children and her own position as a key religious, political, and cultural figure in early-modern Europe.

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The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart is the first complete edition of the letters of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Electress Palatine of the Rhine and Queen of Bohemia, daughter of King James I of England and Anna of Denmark. Volume I covers Elizabeth's life as princess and consort in the years between 1603 and 1631. It includes lett...

Nadine Akkerman is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Early Modern English Literature at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and an Associate of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) in London. She is the editor of The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (3 volumes, of which the first appeared in 2011)...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1008 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551073

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Preface and AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsA Note on Editorial PrinciplesA Note on DatesIntroductionThe LettersAppendix: Cipher KeysBibliographyIndex