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Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I

1603-1631

Akkerman, Nadine

The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I

Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I

1603-1631

Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia: The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I

 

The first complete edition of Elizabeth Stuart's letters ever published. Volume I covers the years between 1603 and 1631: Elizabeth's life as princess and consort, charting her transformation from political ingenue to independent stateswoman.


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The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart is the first complete edition of the letters of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Electress Palatine of the Rhine and Queen of Bohemia, daughter of King James I of England and Anna of Denmark.

Volume I covers Elizabeth's life as princess and consort in the years between 1603 and 1631. It includes letters exchanged with her brother, Henry Frederick, the courtship letters of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and Elizabeth's experiences of both marital and court life in Heidelberg, especially her struggle with Germanic culture and her arguments with both her husband and mother-in-law over rights of precedence. From 1619 her letters become increasingly political as she begs her father, the
Duke of Buckingham, and others for assistance in the desperate struggle for the Crown of Bohemia. Deposed in 1620, Elizabeth spends her time in exile devising ploys to gain further financial, moral, and military support from statesmen and military leaders such as Sir Dudley Carleton, the 'Mad
Halberstadter' Christian of Brunswick, Count Ernest of Mansfeld, King Christian IV of Denmark, and Bethlen Gabor, Prince of Transylvania, behaviour increasingly in defiance of her father's wishes and demands.

Elizabeth's letters evidence her slow transformation from political ingenue to independent stateswoman, a position cemented as her husband fell victim to the war they had precipitated. The diplomatic writing skills she developed in this period were to become her only weapon for securing both the inheritance of her many children and her own position as a key religious, political, and cultural figure in early-modern Europe.


ISBN
9780199551071
Pagina's
1024
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Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
NUR
309
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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