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Re: Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0527  Wednesday, 23 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Carol Barton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 20:11:32 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?

[2]     From:   Carol Barton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 20:26:13 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0515 Elizabeth's Moor: Correction

[3]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 21:01:24 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?


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From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 20:11:32 EST
Subject: 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?

I think it had a basis more in habit.  She called Cecil her "little
black husband" (referring to his robes), as I recall.  If it's
important, I will be happy to supply a more exact reference for you.

Carol Barton

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From:           Carol Barton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 20:26:13 EST
Subject: 10.0515 Elizabeth's Moor: Correction
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0515 Elizabeth's Moor: Correction

Forgive me an oversight due primarily to the power of suggestion, which
in turn makes me question the accuracy of Elizabeth R (especially in the
wake of the painfully inaccurate Eliazbeth).  It was Archbishop John
Whitgift to whom Elizabeth referred as her "little black husband," the
serious anti-Puritan whose advocacy of censorship inspired the
Marprelate tracts, who put an end to unauthorized prayer meetings, and
who limited the number of bishops that could be ordained.  I know of no
recorded instance in which Elizabeth referred to Burghley as her Moor;
nor would there seem to be any ethnic grounds for doing so.

Cheers,
Carol Barton

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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Mar 1999 21:01:24 +0000
Subject: 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0515 Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?

>I was recently re-watching the British series "ELIZABETH R." with Glenda
>Jackson, and I noticed that there were several instances of Elizabeth
>referring to Lord Burghley as her "Moor."
>
>At least I assume it was "Moor" as in Othello.  I suppose it could have
>been "More" as in Sir Thomas More, but given More's unwillingness to
>recognize the right of Henry to marry Elizabeth's mother, it doesn't
>seem likely she would be referring to Burghley as her "More."
>
>I assume this nickname had some basis in history.  Can anyone enlighten
>me?

Perhaps you mistook Burghley for Sir Francis Walsingham. The Queen liked
to call Walsingham her "Moor," ostensibly because of his brunette
coloring, although her nicknames were pretty opaque, and no one knows
for sure exactly what she meant by some of them.

Stephanie Hughes
 

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