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A monarchy of letters [electronic resource] : royal correspondence and English diplomacy in the reign of Elizabeth I /
Rayne Allinson.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xiii, 251 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781137008350
format(s)
Book
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series title
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
9781137008350
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Tedius and paynefull : letter writing in English royal diplomacy -- My skrating hand : the making of Elizabeth's correspondence -- Entering the stage : Elizabeth's use of letters in her early reign, 1558-1559 -- War of words : King Philip II of Spain, 1558-1884 -- Silent diplomacy : Queen Mary I of Scotland, 1559-1587 -- Marriage and motherhood : Catherine de Medici, queen mother of France, 1559-1588 -- Inward and secret letters : Tsar Ivan IV of Russia, 1561-1583 -- Letters full of marvels : Sultan Murād III of the Ottoman Empire 1579-1595 -- Well worth a letter : King Henry IV of France, 1572-1603 -- Mine own hand : King James VI of Scotland, 1580-1603.
catalogue key
8548013
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-245) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Rayne Allinson is an assistant professor of History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She received a DPhil from Magdalen College, Oxford and her BA and MA from The University of Melbourne.
Reviews
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'In A Monarchyof Letters, Allinson shows the importance of royal correspondence in foreign policy making and how good relations between monarchs helped to preserve peace between realms...Through well-documented and also through less well studied primary sources, Rayne Allinson shrewdly enhances our understanding of early modern royal epistolary relationships.' - Reviews in History "Rayne Allinson presents in broad scope and extensive detail the story of Elizabeth I's epistolary dealings with the monarchs and rulers of her time - in each case, a multifaceted narrative told to a large extent in Elizabeth's own words. Allinson offers fascinating narratives of diplomacy mediated through a complex web of correspondence. Her work succeeds on several levels - in offering an absorbing and well-researched review of some of Elizabeth's most instrumental letters, with ample quotation, and in elucidating the role epistolary rhetoric played in early modern political culture. Rich in detail and interpretation of this especially notable period in diplomatic and rhetorical history." - Renaissance Quarterly 'Rayne Allinson's engaging and lively monograph is a timely contribution to our knowledge of Queen Elizabeth I's foreign letters...The book opens up numerous avenues of research and is extremely stimulating; there is no doubt whatsoever that it constitutes a landmark in the field...this is a work of the highest scholarship from which historians, literary or not, students and laymen should benefit enormously' - Journal of the Northern Renaissance
"Rayne Allinson presents in broad scope and extensive detail the story of Elizabeth I's epistolary dealings with the monarchs and rulers of her time - in each case, a multifaceted narrative told to a large extent in Elizabeth's own words. Allinson offers fascinating narratives of diplomacy mediated through a complex web of correspondence. Her work succeeds on several levels - in offering an absorbing and well-researched review of some of Elizabeth's most instrumental letters, with ample quotation, and in elucidating the role epistolary rhetoric played in early modern political culture. Rich in detail and interpretation of this especially notable period in diplomatic and rhetorical history." - Renaissance Quarterly
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Summaries
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This text examines Elizabeth's correspondence with several significant rulers, analyzing how her letters were constructed, drafted and presented, the rhetorical strategies used, and the role these letters played in facilitating diplomatic relations.
Description for Bookstore
Examines Queen Elizabeth's correspondence and the role her letters played in facilitating diplomatic relations.
Main Description
Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) sent more letters into more distant kingdoms than any English monarch had before, and her exchanges with an ever-growing number of rulers reveal how shifting conceptions of sovereignty were made manifest on paper. This book examines Elizabeth's correspondence with several significant rulers, analyzing how her letters were constructed, drafted and presented, the rhetorical strategies used, and the role these letters played in facilitating diplomatic relations. Elizabeth's letters did more than authorize diplomatic action abroad: in most cases they reflected, and sometimes even influenced, the direction of foreign policy.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A Note on Stylep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Tedius and Paynefull: Letter Writing in English Royal Diplomacyp. 1
My Skrating Hand: The Making of Elizabeth's Correspondencep. 17
Entering the Stage: Elizabeth's Use of Letters in Her Early Reign, 1558-1559p. 37
War of Words: King Philip II of Spain, 1558-1584p. 53
Silent Diplomacy: Queen Mary I of Scotland, 1559-1587p. 73
Marriage and Motherhood: Catherine de' Médici, Queen Mother of France, 1559-1588p. 93
Inward and Secret Letters: Tsar Ivan IV of Russia, 1561-1583p. 111
Letters Full of Marvels: Sultan Murad III of the Ottoman Empire, 1579-1595p. 131
Well Worth a Letter: King Henry IV of France, 1572-1603p. 151
Mine Own Hand: King James VI of Scotland, 1579-1603p. 167
Conclusionp. 185
List of Abbreviations Used in Notesp. 195
Notesp. 197
Additional Readingp. 243
Indexp. 247
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