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Titel: The Word of a Prince: A Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents
Autor/en: Maria Perry
Autor/en: Maria Perry
BOYDELL & BREWER INC
September 1999 - kartoniert - 276 Seiten
She gives the general reader fresh access to Elizabeth's mind and ideas, her wit, verve, eloquence, circumlocution, and formidable learning. OBSERVER
The Italian letter - nothing done as it should be - my own matchless and most kind father - The mind I shall never be ashamed to present - a most Cristenly lerned yonge lady - From "The Godly Meditacyon"; if your grace had not a good opinion of me - my lord, these are shameful slanders - mine honour and mine honesty - sweet sister Temperance - Bernardino Ochino of Siena - sermon on the nature of Christ; like as a shipman in stormy weather - they did openly preach my sister and I were bastards - Cor Rotto - a house built on sound foundations - I come in no traitor; much suspected - in a worse case than the worst prisoners in Newgate - kept a great while from you, desolatley alone - anatomies of hearts - though I were offered to the greatest prince of all Europe; whensoever time and power may serve - to make a good account to almighty God - that I should continue your good lady and Queen; a marble stone shall declare that a Queen lived and died a virgin - Romish pastors - we highly commend this single life - she has broken her neck; as should neither touch his honesty nor her honour - in the knot of friendship - our right to Calais. The word of a prince; Yonder long lad - charged with the murder of your late husband - one mistress and no master - I will marry as soon as I can conveniently - I love so evil counterfeiting; they have no warrant nor authority - a disordered, unhonourable and dangerous justice - to defer this execution - honour and conscience forbid - a thing very repugnant and contrary to itself - princely pleasures; if I were a milkmaid with a pail on my arm - excessive and terrible shedding of Chistian blood - I must marry - a matter which is so hard for Englishmen to bear - Scylla and Charybdis - they have thought me no fool - where delights be snares, where dangers be imminent; I find no consolation - such a one as one day would give God the vomit - the Church whose overruler God hath made me - to change this our former course - Jesus! what availeth wit? - we Princes, I tell you, are set on stages - my surety cannot be established without a Princess's head - a book and a bull - in the midst and heat of battle; his last letter - instruments to daunt our foes - departing in such sort without our privity - I never feared and what fear was my heart never knew - neither in vain do we put our trust in God - you have made me famous, dreadful and renowned - the law of nature and of nations - you have learned upon our expenses - that man is above me - I have reigned with your loves - constant to the grounds of honour - when thou dost feel creeping time at thy gate.
'A compelling portrait... the Elizabeth whom Perry presents is not the enigma of myth, triumphant but unfathomable. Rather she is a clever but very human woman, who came to know the extent of her assets and liabilities.' ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
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