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Queenship and Power

A Monarchy of Letters

Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I

Authors: Allinson, Rayne

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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.

About the authors

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.

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'In A Monarchy of 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


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Tedius and Paynefull: Letter Writing in English Royal Diplomacy

    Allinson, Rayne

    Pages 1-16

  • My Skrating Hand: The Making of Elizabeth’s Correspondence

    Allinson, Rayne

    Pages 17-36

  • Entering the Stage: Elizabeth’s Use of Letters in Her Early Reign, 1558–1559

    Allinson, Rayne

    Pages 37-51

  • War of Words: King Philip II of Spain, 1558–1584

    Allinson, Rayne

    Pages 53-72

  • Silent Diplomacy: Queen Mary I of Scotland, 1559–1587

    Allinson, Rayne

    Pages 73-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Monarchy of Letters
Book Subtitle
Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00836-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137008367
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-00835-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43560-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 251
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