Ilona Bell: Publishes Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch

Posted Sept. 30, 2010: Ilona Bell, Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English, has published Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch (Palgrave Macmillan). The book focuses on the ways in which Elizabeth represented herself in her own words, in her speeches, reported conversations, and private poems from the first half of her reign, a time when she was simultaneously establishing her authority and negotiating marriage. Her unprecedented art of courtship, expressed in her characteristically witty, enigmatic language and forceful rhetoric, merged with a wider social controversy over conjugal freedom of choice and women’s lawful liberty that helped make the Elizabethan era an extraordinarily fertile and creative period in English literature.