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Re: Elizabeth I
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1312  Monday, 26 July 1999.

[1]     From:   Debbie Barrett-Graves <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Jul 1999 13:26:05 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

[2]     From:   Robert F. O'Connor <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Jul 1999 18:10:36 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

[3]     From:   Kenneth Robert Patterson <
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        Date:   Sunday, 25 Jul 1999 11:45:49 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1311 Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I

[4]     From:   Christine Tsai <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jul 1999 17:43:02 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

[5]     From:   Kezia Vanmeter Sproat <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jul 1999 09:34:24 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1311  Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I

[6]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Monday, July 26, 1999
        Subj:   Elizabeth I



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From:           Debbie Barrett-Graves <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Jul 1999 13:26:05 -0600
Subject: 10.1298 Elizabeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

I would recommend the following text in response to Tiffany Rasovic's
query about a biography of Elizabeth:

Levin, Carole.  *The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the
        Politics of Sex and Power.*  Philadelphia: U of Philadelphia P,
1994.

Debbie Barrett-Graves
College of Santa Fe

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From:           Robert F. O'Connor <
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Date:           Sunday, 25 Jul 1999 18:10:36 +1000
Subject: 10.1298 Elizabeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

Scholarly biographies of Elizabeth ... I've read four in the past year,
including Lytton Strachey's somewhat melodramatic 'Elizabeth and
Essex'.  Four might seem excessive, but I discovered something new in
each of them.

'Scholarly' is a slippery term ... I'd have to say that the best going
is the most recent: Alison Weir's "Elizabeth the Queen' - but then I am
a great fan of all of Weir's work.  But if I have any complaint with it
(and this applies to the others I have read as well), it is that it
fails as a scholarly work in only one respect: footnotes.  There were
many times when I would have liked a clear attribution or a given remark
or anecdote or incident, though I admit giving a full description of
sources for some matters, even in period materials, might soon get
tiresome.

Rob O'Connor

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Date:           Sunday, 25 Jul 1999 11:45:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 10.1311 Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1311 Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I

Where is this last quote from?

>Very much to the point was Henri IV of France's observation, "Elle est
>vierge comme je suis catholique."

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From:           Christine Tsai <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Jul 1999 17:43:02 +0800
Subject: 10.1298 Elizabeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1298 Elizabeth

You might like to take a look at  Neville Williams's "The Life and Times
of Elizabeth I," whose general editor is Antonia Fraser, 1972.

Christine Tsai

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Date:           Monday, 26 Jul 1999 09:34:24 EDT
Subject: 10.1311  Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1311  Re: Virginity of Elizabeth I

Germaine Greer (whose M.A. thesis was on Shakespeare) has a new book out
about women; she was interviewed recently on NPR, and based on that
interview, I think anyone seriously interested in understanding the
range of possibilities about Elizabeth's sex life might well consult
Greer's book, whose title may be something like Whole Woman or Total
Woman. Sorry I don't have it.

Regarding the request for a biography of Elizabeth that stands out so as
to be sufficient in itself, I liked Jasper Ridley's a lot. But even
better is a chronologically-arranged compilation of Elizabeth's own
writings put together with excellent notes by an actress (sorry can't
bring up her name!). Were I teaching, I would recommend it to students,
as being from the source. The caution, however, as always, is that all
the biographers put together will not give you the full story, or a very
clear picture.

I will also be very happy to see what other list people recommend for
biographies of Elizabeth. And any new good ones on Shakespeare, for that
matter. If they exist.

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Monday, July 26, 1999
Subject:        Elizabeth I

I enjoyed Maria Perry's *Elizabeth I, The Word of a Prince: A Life from
Contemporary Documents*, 1990. The problem is that I am not sure how
readily available this book is. I got my copy from The Folio Society.
 

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