The Death of Elizabeth I

Remembering and Reconstructing the Virgin Queen

  • Authors
  • Catherine Loomis

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Catherine Loomis
    Pages 1-6
  3. Catherine Loomis
    Pages 47-82
  4. Catherine Loomis
    Pages 157-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-238

About this book


The death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603 was greeted by an outpouring of official proclamations, gossip-filled letters, tense diary entries, diplomatic dispatches, and somber sermons. English poets wrote hundreds of elegies to Elizabeth, and playwrights began bringing her onto the stage. This book uses these historical and literary sources, including a maid of honor's eyewitness account of the explosion of the Queen's corpse, to provide a detailed history of Elizabeth's final illness and death, and to show Elizabeth's subjects - peers and poets, bishops and beggars, women and men - responding to their loss by remembering and reconstructing their Queen.


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