The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0676 Monday, 7 April 2003
Date: Monday, 7 Apr 2003 11:42:46 +0200
Subject: 400th Anniversary of Elizabeth I's Death
We hope that this (non-profit) academic publication might be of interest
Jean-Christophe Mayer, ed., Breaking the Silence on the Succession, A
Sourcebook of Manuscripts & Rare Elizabethan Texts (c. 1587-1603),
Astraea Texts Collection, Montpellier: Publications de la Recherche,
2003, xiv + 336 pp. (with index et 7 colour plates), ISBN 2-84269-566-6,
Price: 15 Euros.
With contributions from: Luc Borot, Bernard Bourdin, Sandra Jusdado,
Catherine Lisak, J-C. Mayer, Nick Myers.
The last decade of Elizabeth I's reign is still perceived as a settled
era, with Gloriana reigning in unrivalled fin-de-siecle splendour and
Elizabethan culture blossoming while the country as a whole patiently
awaited James VI's uncontested accession to the throne. This view-as
the texts selected for this sourcebook amply demonstrate-is largely a
The eleven texts which form this sourcebook are especially challenging
and enriching in the contrasting views they offer of the period. All of
them are rare texts. Indeed, priority has been given to manuscript
tracts which had never hitherto been published and which had often been
unjustly overlooked by historians.
There are also extracts of three printed works by Peter Wentworth, "N.
Doleman", and John Harington-three authors without whom it is difficult
(if not impossible) to understand the main political and religious
tensions of the period.
A particular effort has been made to present a selection of works which
reflects a multiplicity of perspectives: protestant, puritan, catholic,
appellant, English, Scottish or Continental. The whole is designed to
give the reader who may not have direct access to manuscript and rare
books collections a fresh insight into the political culture of late
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access the web site of the Centre for Late Medieval and Renaissance
English Studies (Montpellier, France) by clicking on the following link:
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