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Dissing Elizabeth: Negative Representations of Gloriana

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Dissing Elizabeth focuses on the criticism that cast a shadow on the otherwise celebrated reign of Elizabeth I. The essays in this politically and historically revealing book demonstrate the sheer pervasiveness and range of rhetoric against the queen, illuminating the provocative discourse of disrespect and dissent that existed over an eighty-year period, from her troubled ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 2nd 1998 by Duke University Press Books (first published March 12th 1998)
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Roman Clodia
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent modern analysis of the negative representations of Elizabeth which prevailed during and after her lifetime, a nice counter to the more usual panegyric and glorious `cult' of Elizabeth.

This collection of essays uncover the existence of a `darker discourse', one of disrespect and dissent rather than the honourable rhetoric we hear more about. As such it does take on Roy Strong's work but not in a negative fashion.

Sources include gossip, historical records, ballads as well as m
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