The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0321  Wednesday, 19 April 2006

From: 		Donna Lodge <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 18 Apr 2006 18:35:41 -0500
Subject: 	Elizabeth I Writings and Anglican 'spiritual counselor,' if any

Hello Listserv Members:

I'm a writer working on a novel, a historical drama, that takes place 
during the time of Will Shakespeare. This listserv has been a gold mine 
of information.

I'm looking for web sources for several pieces of information:

1) What was the perception of Elizabeth I writings by her peers and 
successful and/or acknowledged writers of her reign? Were her letter, 
poems, speeches, etc., considered well-written? Was Elizabeth I judged 
to be an accomplished writer (given her education), or was there no 
criticism/scrutiny of her work for fear of reprisals?

2) Did Elizabeth I have had a "spiritual counselor or advisor" in the 
Anglican church during her reign? If so, what would his religious rank 
have been - Archbishop? If, in fact, Elizabeth I did have a spiritual 
counselor, what was the name of the person who actually served that role?

3) If Elizabeth I had a 'spiritual counselor or advisor," would this 
person have advised her only on religious matters, or would the spectrum 
of advice been broader - church, state, current political environment, 
personal matters/decisions?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Donna Lodge

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