Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I
Brand: Random House
Product Code: 071260944X
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  • Series: Pimlico (Book 581)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071260944X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712609449
  • To examine the portraits of Elizabeth I is to witness the creation of the legend of the Virgin Queen, of Gloriana and her burgeoning empire. The history of the portraiture is that of the deliberate manufacture of an image powerful enough to hold together a people divided by both rigid hierarchy and religious belief. When Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, her subjects had an all-too-vivid memory of military defeat and religious turmoil. Restoring stability to the kingdom involved the image of the Queen herself—over the years, she was transmuted from an elegant aristocrat into a cosmic vision. In Gloriana, Roy Strong provides a richly detailed analysis of all the major portraits.


“A work of immense beauty and precision in which the text completely lives up to the many and admirable reproductions… a real triumph of scholarship.” -- Punch

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