2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0338  Friday, 21 February 2003

From:           Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 20 Feb 2003 15:32:21 -0800
Subject: 14.0319 Re: 400th Anniversary of Elizabeth I
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0319 Re: 400th Anniversary of Elizabeth I

Today's CS Monitor has a report on the exhibit at the Huntington and
also the forthcoming one at the Folger:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0221/p20s01-alar.html

The Folger, sez the article, will focus on the ". . . glittery side of
Elizabeth's court - her wardrobe, men, and court entertainments." The
Huntington, however, ". . . offers a context for Elizabeth's person and
times via letters, maps, artwork, anecdotes, and works of literature
(such as Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queen")."

No mention of Our Will.

It then summarizes her life, noting that the exhibit whitewashes her
Machiavellianism. In fact, I couldn't help thinking of Dudley and
Raleigh when I read the concluding paragraph, perhaps pessimistically
interpreting the last of the series of terms:

     She won the hearts of the common folk through something akin to
     Renaissance sound bites. Her speeches and pamphlets went out of
     their way to use simple language to promote a living deity of
     remote beauty, mercy, piety, and Tudor resolve.

I'll refrain from making comparison to what's going down in the city of
the Folger except to say I did read somewhere recently that speeches
from the White House are written at either 3rd or 5th grade level.

Nancy Charlton

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