The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0243 Thursday, 4 February 2000.
Date: Thursday, 3 Feb 2000 13:37:41 EST
Subject: 11.0225 Elizabeth's Nose
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0225 Elizabeth's Nose
Frank Whigham says he heard what might be called a snide tale many years
ago about Elizabeth. Might it help to check the context? Many of us of a
certain age were treated to derogatory tales about Elizabeth in graduate
school; indeed, derogation of women was part of the academic fabric in
the early 60s (and vestiges survive). EVERYONE used to KNOW Shakespeare
sided with Essex, for example.
Biographies of Elizabeth have persuaded me that she was remarkably well
served (if not always happily served). Had a lady-in-waiting smeared
lipstick on her nose, wouldn't the smearer very likely have been held
swiftly to account by any of a number of other loyal servants, without
troubling the queen?