Sexual and artistic manipulation : Elizabeth's and Leicester's key for survival in the Elizabethan era
Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
James M Sutton
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Name
Date of Defense
The purpose of this thesis is to outline a new understanding of the relationship between England’s Queen Elizabeth I and her favorite courtier, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. This new understanding proposes that their childhood experiences and education were fundamental to their relationship as adults. They learned their manipulative abilities as a key to survival early in their lives, and repeatedly manifested this pattern throughout the years, as willing participants in a sexual and artistic game lasting only as long as both players followed the rules. The highpoint of this union was reached during the summer of 1575 when Leicester entertained Elizabeth at his palatial country house, Kenilworth.
Critical interpretation and a multidisciplinary research approach, including history, child psychology, architecture, and literature, provide significant proof that Elizabeth and Leicester sexually manipulated each other in order to survive the turbulence of sixteenth century England.
Gyenizse, Debbie Linda, "Sexual and artistic manipulation : Elizabeth's and Leicester's key for survival in the Elizabethan era" (2004). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3974.
In Copyright. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).