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Elizabeth I's Italian Letters


Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxvii
  2. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 1-7
  3. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 17-24
  4. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 25-44
  5. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 45-52
  6. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 53-62
  7. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 107-111
  8. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 135-149
  9. Carlo M. Bajetta
    Pages 151-156

About this book


This is the first edition ever of the Queen’s correspondence in Italian. These letters cast a new light on her talents as a linguist and provide interesting details as to her political agenda, and on the cultural milieu of her court. This book provides a fresh analysis of the surviving evidence concerning Elizabeth’s learning and use of Italian, and of the activity of the members of her ‘Foreign Office.’ All of the documents transcribed here are accompanied by a short introduction focusing on their content and context, a brief description of their transmission history, and an English translation.


Elizabeth I Tudor England Italy literary history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lingua e Letteratura IngleseUniversita della Valle d'Aosta Lingua e Letteratura IngleseAOSTAItaly

About the authors

Carlo M. Bajetta, PhD, FEA, is Full Professor of English Literature at Università della Valle d'Aosta, Italy. His publications include Sir Walter Ralegh (1998); Whole Volumes in Folio (2000); Some Notes on Printing and Publishing in Renaissance Venice (2000), editions of Wordsworth’s, Shelley’s and Reynold’s 1819 Peter Bell texts (2005) and of Thomas More's English Poems (2010).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Elizabeth I's Italian Letters
  • Authors Carlo M. Bajetta
  • Series Title Queenship and Power
  • Series Abbreviated Title Queenship and Power
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-44232-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-68435-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-43553-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LXXVII, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Gender Studies
    Literary History
    Political History
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“This edition of Elizabeth I’s Italian letters collects 30 carefully edited and translated texts written by, or issued in the name of, the queen, sent to domestic and international recipients. … Elizabeth I’s Italian letters is a fitting addition to Palgrave’s Queenship and Power series and signifies an important contribution to early modern and Elizabethan scholarship.” (Mel Evans, The Review of English Studies, June, 2018) 

“Bajetta has produced a volume that must surely become the gold standard when compiling scholarly editions of letters—whether in translation, or in their original language. Not only is the book a stunning example of how foreign correspondence should be presented in English, but the book is also an invaluable contribution to the scholarship on the foreign relations of Elizabeth I, and Elizabethan England generally.” (Aidan Norrie, Royal Studies Journal, Vol. 5 (1), 2018)