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A Body Politic to Govern

The Political Humanism of Elizabeth I

Author(s): Ted Booth

Book Description

A Body Politic to Govern: The Political Humanism of Elizabeth I is a fresh look at a much studied historical figure. This work examines the influence between the virtues and thoughts of the political humanists of the Italian Renaissance, and the political persona of England’s Elizabeth I. Special attention is paid to how Elizabeth constructed literary works such as letters and speeches, as well the style in which she governed England. This learned queen exemplified the virtues of political humanism through her dedication to the vita activa, amor patriae, and service to the greater good of her realm. In order to silence her critics who had license to criticize her as a female monarch, Elizabeth chose to speak the political language of the day, defending and asserting her right to rule by relying on her classical humanist education.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4409-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4409-8
Date of Publication: 01/03/2013
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £44.99


Ted Booth completed his PhD at the University of Tennessee in 2011, focusing on the cultural and religious history of the Renaissance and Reformation. He also holds a Master’s degree in Historical Theology from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. He is currently an instructor of both history and religion at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He lives in southwest Virginia with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.