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What was Elizabeth I's voice like?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0856  Tuesday, 3 May 2005

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Sunday, 1 May 2005 15:57:35 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?

[2]     From:   HR Greenberg <
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        Date:   Sunday, 1 May 2005 17:08:41 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?

[3]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Sunday, 1 May 2005 23:29:09 +0100
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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 1 May 2005 15:57:35 -0400
Subject: 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?

Probably somewhere between Bette Davis, Flora Robson, Glenda Jackson,
Cate Blanchett, Quentin Crisp, and Judi Dench.

R

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Date:           Sunday, 1 May 2005 17:08:41 EDT
Subject: 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?

I have a feeling that her voice was both commanding and sweet. My guess
is that she sang while she played, and according to many accounts she
played virginal very well indeed. That she loved to dance is well known.

An interesting subtext is how she has been played on stage and screen. I
always liked Flora Robson, for some reason or another.

I would imagine that she was very much the actor, and could easily
project to a multitude, which she did on at least one occasion. I for
one would be enchanted and rather terrified in her presence, depending
on her mood.

What a lady!

HR Greenberg MD

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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Sunday, 1 May 2005 23:29:09 +0100
Subject: 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0840 What was Elizabeth I's voice like?

JD Markel asks ...

 >What was Elizabeth I's voice like?  In that I mean, what was the quality
 >of her voice?  Was it good or bad?   Contemporaneously described at all?
 >There are plenty of praises and over-praises of her beauty, erudtion,
 >and so on.  I found nothing about her voice.

This is the only description I've read that mentions her voice.  It was
written in 1600 by Andr

 

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