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Elizabethan ReviewThe English Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement in that took place in England dating from the early 16th century to the early 17th century. It is often associated with the pan-European Renaissance that many cultural historians believe originated in what is now Italy in the 14th century. This era in English cultural history is sometimes referred to as "the age of Shakespeare" for the era's most famous writter or "the Elizabethan era" after the Queen who reigned over it. It was an dynamic time period to say the least. Poets such as Edmund Spenser and John Milton produced works that demonstrated a more profound interest in understanding Christian beliefs in England. Milton's epic poem Paradice Lost, for example is a retelling of Man kinds falling fall from grace was radically more nuanced then anything that had been written in previous centurys in England. Playwrights, such as Christopher Marlowe and the eternal William Shakespeare, composed theatrical representations of life, death, and history as viewed and understood by the English. Philosophers like Sir Thomas More and Sir Francis Bacon published radical new ideas about humanity and the aspects of a perfect society, pushing the limits of metacognition at that time. England came closer to reaching modern science with the Baconian Method, a forerunner of the Scientific Method, and perhaps the most important factor in how we view our world today. The Elizabethan Review was a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal that ran from 1993 until 1999. The publication published research, in the form of essays, reviews, notes and reserch papers about the era and the effects it made on our world today. Back issues of The Elizabethan Review can be purchesed on a CD at their website, which is still running. We highly recomend that you read some of these back issues. Their site can be visited by clicking on their logo on the right side of this page. One of the Journal's greatest assets was the variety of contributors. The Elizabethan Review published works by people from all walks of life including actors, professors, military men, and a member of The U.S. Supreme Court. This birthed a plethera of opnions and varied ideas that furthered the "discussions." about the time period and the works produced. Although the Journal has not published any new material since 1999, This site wishes to a to continue the discussions that was created there. This being the Information Age, we are able to learn more and more about as people form all over the world continue to discuss and critique the vast body of works like never before. This site is a part of that discussion. We hope that people, after reading articles printed in The Elizabethan Review will want to learn more and be come part of the discussion themselves. This website is dedicated to the study and understanding of the writters of this time period. From Milton to Middleton there was no shortage of great authors poets are playwrights during this era, (even Queen Elizabeth was known to write poetry from time to time), but by far the most discussed, the most influential and the most widley known is William Shakespeare. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", or simply The Bard. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems. His plays have been translated into all major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare's plays rank among Divinci's "Mona Lisa" and Beethoven's 9th Symphony as some of the most famous works of art in the world. His plays are arguably more famous today than they were when he wrote them, and they continue to inspire generation after generation of new writers. In addition, his plays still invoke a great deal of disscussion, which is why this site was created. William Shakespeare's complete works can be found at This Site. If you have not read one of plays, now would be a great time to start. If you have read them all, it might be time to start over. His plays have a depth that can not be understood in just one reading. And the writtings that can be found at this site, and at The Elizabethan Review will hopefully help people obtain a higher level of understanding about the great writters complicated and nuanced works.
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There is great stylistic similarity between this portrait and the portrait of Lady Jane Grey, also attributed to Master John. (Compare images below.) Mary wears a fashionable French gown and the background is vivid and very expensive azurite pigment.
And yes, I know the above right portrait is now considered to be Katharine Parr. However, I remain unconvinced by the 'evidence'; you can learn more about this issue at the Katharine Parr site. Hans Eworth, c.1555-58
Click to view Portrait One - Portrait Two - Portrait Three The first portrait was painted in 1554 and is perhaps the most famous image of the queen. It is a conventional pose and the queen appears quite confident, reflecting the celebration and optimism which greeted her ascension. She holds a red rose, as she does in the Mor portrait below. It was a personal symbol, referring both to the Tudor rose and her Christian name. The second portrait was painted after Mary's betrothal to Philip of Spain, since she is wearing jewels he gave her to celebrate their engagement. The heavy gown indicates that it was painted in winter, and the pose is reminiscent of Holbein's portraits during Henry VIII's reign. (Compare it to his portraits of Anne of Cleves and Christina of Denmark.) The third portrait was painted a bit later than the second, since Mary's face has aged slightly. In her right hand, she holds a document; in 1890, 'The Supplicate....' was found to be written upon the paper but that is not discernible now.
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