Elizabeth And Essex - A Tragic History A Tragic History

Elizabeth And Essex - A Tragic History
Auteur: Lytton Strachey
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9781406700749
  • maart 2007
  • 312 pagina's
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Lytton Strachey

" Lytton Strachey, whose iconoclastic reexaminations of historical figures forever changed the course of modern biographical writing, was born in London on March 1, 1880. He was educated in a series of private schools and attended University College, Liverpool, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1899. In London he found work as an essayist for various journals and became the drama critic for The Spectator. The favorable reception of his first book, Landmarks in French Literature (1912), bolstered his commitment to writing. Virginia Woolf said: ""The figure of Lytton Strachey is so important a figure in the history of biography that it compels a pause. For his three famous books, Eminent Victorians, Queen Victoria, and Elizabeth and Essex, are of a stature to show both what biography can do and what biography cannot do. . . . The anger and the interest that his short studies of Eminent Victorians aroused showed that he was able to make Manning, Florence Nightingale, Gordon, and the rest live as they had not lived since they were actually in the flesh. . . . In the lives of the two great Queens, Elizabeth and Victoria, he attempted a far more ambitious task. Biography had never had a fairer chance of showing what it could do. For it was now being put to the test by a writer who was capable of making use of all the liberties that biography had won."""


Elizabeth and Essex A TRAGIC HISTORY by Lytton Strachey. English Reformation was not merely a religious event it was also a social one. While the spiritual mould of the Middle Ages was shattered, a corresponding revolution, no less complete and no less far-reaching, occurred in the structure of secular life and the seat of power. The knights and ecclesiastics who had ruled for ages vanished away, and their place was taken by a new class of persons, neither chivalrous nor holy, into whose competent and vigorous hands the reins, and the sweets, of government were gathered. This remarkable aristocracy, which had been created by the cunning of Henry VIII, overwhelmed at last the power that had given it being The figure on the throne became a shadow, while the Russells, the Cavendishes, the Cecils, ruled over England in supreme solidity. For many generations they were England and it is difficult to imagine an England without them, even today. The change came quickly it was completed during the reign of Elizabeth. The rebellion of the Northern Earls in 1569 was the last great effort of the old dispensation to escape its doom. It failed the wretched Duke of Norfolk the feeble Howard who had dreamt of marrying Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded and the new social system was finally secure. Yet the spirit of the ancient feudalism was not quite exhausted. Once more, before the reign was over, it flamed up, embodied in a single individual Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. The flame was glorious radiant with the colours of antique knighthood and the flashing gallantries of the past but no substance fed it flaring wildly, it tossed to and fro in the wind it was suddenly put out. In the history of Essex, so perplexed in its issues, so desperate in its perturba tions, so dreadful in its conclusion, the spectral agony of an abolished world is discernible through the tragic lineaments of a personal disaster. His father, who had been created Earl of Essex by Elizabeth, was descended from all the great houses of medieval England. The Earl of Huntingdon, the Marquis of Dorset, the Lord Ferrers Bohuns, Bourchiers, Rivers, Plantagenets they crowded into his pedigree. One of his ancestresses, Eleanor de Bohun, was the sister of Mary, wife of Henry IV another, Anne Woodville, was the sister of Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV through Thomas of Woodstock, of Gloucester, the family traced its descent from Edward IIL The first Earl had been a man of dreams virtuous and unfortunate. In the spirit of a crusader he had set out to subdue Ireland but the intrigues of the Court, the economy of the Queen, and the savagery of the kerns had been too much for him, he had effected nothing, and had died at last a ruined and broken-hearted man. His son Robert was born in 1567. Nine years old when his father died, the boy found himself the inheritor of an illustrious name and the poorest Earl in England. But that was not all...



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