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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

Click/tap here for more on Elizabeth’s published Declaration accepting the protectorate of the Netherlands (1585), setting forth the reasons which had induced her to give aid to the afflicted and oppressed people of the Low Countries.

For Margaret Cavendish’s depiction of Elizabeth as a powerful warrior-queen and shrewd politician (“though she cloathed her self in a Sheeps skin, yet she had a Lions paw, and a Foxes head”), see the IN BRIEF biography of Queen Elizabeth I.
  Includes a rare portrait, suppressed by the Elizabethan state, of the Virgin Queen as a haggard old woman.

For more on Elizabeth I’s self-fashioning as a warrior-queen, see She-philosopher.​com’s illustrated digital edition of Elizabeth I’s speech of 9 August 1588, rallying the English troops engaged in fighting the Spanish Armada in the LIBRARY.
  Click/tap here for a facsimile of a popular 17th-century print glorifying Elizabeth’s military speech act.

In the forthcoming study, “The Missing Historical Context: Anglo-American Gun Laws & the Original Intent of the Second Amendment”, I discuss the foundational role of military men, who served in the Low Countries, in transporting Elizabeth I’s human-rights rhetoric to the mainland colonies of Anglo-America.

Three 16th-century documents popularizing the tale of Thomas Appletree’s accidental, near-miss shooting of Elizabeth I in 1579 are available as an original She-philosopher.​com e-publication. See the digital edition, Lib. Cat. No. BALLAD1579.


This forthcoming title (Library Cat. No. ELIZ1585) is not yet listed in She-philosopher.​com’s Library Catalog.

First Published:  10 July 2020
Revised (substantive):  9 May 2021

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^ 17th-century head-piece, showing six boys with farm tools, engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).

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In sum: Before the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) and the U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776), there was Elizabeth I’s A Declaration of the Causes Mooving the Queene of England to Give Aide to the Defence of the People Afflicted and Oppressed in the Lowe Countries (1585), “one of the noblest state papers that was ever written” and, by arousing the spirit of American colonization, one of the founding documents for the U.S. It is this specimen of Elizabeth I’s human-rights rhetoric that will be digitized here (an illustrated digital edition, with Editor’s Introduction).

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