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Elizabeth I’s Foreign Correspondence

Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics

  • Carlo M. Bajetta
  • Guillaume Coatalen
  • Jonathan Gibson

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Manuscripts, Secretaries, and Scribes

  3. Elizabeth’s French Correspondence

  4. Elizabeth’s Italian Correspondence

  5. Correspondence with Germany, the East, and Ireland

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-269

About this book


Though Elizabeth I never left England, she wrote extensively to correspondents abroad, and these letters were of central importance to the politics of the period. This volume presents the findings of a major international research project on this correspondence, including newly edited translations of 15 of Elizabeth's letters in foreign languages.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carlo M. Bajetta
    • 1
  • Guillaume Coatalen
    • 2
  • Jonathan Gibson
    • 3
  1. 1.Università della Valle d’AostaItaly
  2. 2.University of Cergy-PontoiseFrance
  3. 3.English departmentOpen UniversityUK

About the editors

Rayne Allinson, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA Angela Andreani, University of Sussex, UK Carlo M. Bajetta, Università della Valle d'Aosta - Université de la Vallée d'Aoste, Italy Guillaume Coatalen, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France David Scott Gehring, University of Nottingham, UK Jonathan Gibson, The Open University, UK Giuliana Iannaccaro, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy Alessandra Petrina, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy Gianmario Raimondi, Università della Valle d'Aosta, Italy Monica Santini, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Bibliographic information


“This is a superb collection, and one of the best collections on Elizabeth (possibly on early modern history generally) produced over the past few years. … The combination of edited texts and investigative essays allows sustained and detailed examination of key issues–the process of letter-writing, about language and how it is used, and about the materiality of letters–which we need in order to understand early modern politics.” (Natalie Mears, English Historical Review, Vol. 131 (552), October, 2016)