Queen Elizabeth I: Representations of the Virgin Queen

@article{King1990QueenEI,
  title={Queen Elizabeth I: Representations of the Virgin Queen},
  author={J. King},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  year={1990},
  volume={43},
  pages={30-74}
}
  • J. King
  • Published 1990
  • History
  • Renaissance Quarterly
It is commonly acknowledged that although Elizabeth I vowed herself to a life of perpetual virginity, she entered into a symbolic marriage with England as her husband. In this way she could receive the" adulation of her subjects as the universal object of a Petrarchan religion of love, one that pervaded ballads, pageants, and dramatic entertainments. Scholars claim that she was able to convert her unprecedented weakness as a celibate queen into a powerful propagandistic claim that she… Expand
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