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Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth

Lucy Aikin

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Memoirs of Queen Elizabeth from a variety of sources within the monarch's court, compiled and interpreted by Lucy Aikin.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Boccacio, who feigned, that a party of friends being assembled, it was determined that each of them should contribute to the pleasure of the company by personating some illustrious and unfortunate character, and relating his adventures in the first person. A contrivance so tame and meagre compared with the descent to the regions of the dead sketched with so much spirit by Sackville, that it must have preceded, in all probability, their knowledge at least of his performance. The first part of the work, almost entirely by Baldwyne, was written, and partly printed, in Mary's time, but its publication was prevented by the interference of the lord-chancellor,—a trait of the mean and cowardly jealousy of the administration, which speaks volumes. In the first year of Elizabeth lord Stafford, an enlightened patron of letters, procured a licence for its appearance. A second part soon followed, in which Sackville's Induction and Legend were inserted. The-207-
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Community Reviews

When I started reading this title on my Kindle I didn’t pay attention to the publication date but quickly realized it had to be from the 1800s. The language and the sentence structure were more formal than modern. My curiosity sent me to the publication date—1818 and to discover that it has recen...more

A Kindle find - I am a huge history buff and I have a fascination with Queen Elizabeth and her life. This is a really good book - though long and a little difficult to read at times because of the language during the period this was written - and it was full of all kinds of information about her...more