Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scholar's Choice, Global Elizabethans

A True Description of the
Naval Expedition of Francis Drake

(detail, rounding Cape Horn
and into the "South Sea")
Undergraduate group “d” discussion leaders have been asked to provide 1-2 sentences for each of 3 documents from Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 4 (documents 4.1–4.9) “Elizabethan Worlds," as to what seems useful or interesting about the document, in a comment below (beginning with the one they'd most like to examine/explain/contextualize).


Jarrod said...

4.8 The Miraculous Victory Achieved by the English Fleet: I like this section because of the battle of the two naval powers during this time period, though England had a slight advantage over the Spanish fleets.

4.7 William Camden, Annals: This is a good section because it shows what lead to the fight between England and Spain (the Anglo-Spanish War).

4.5 Elizabeth's Reply to the House of Common's Demand for Mary's Execution: This an interesting section because Elizabeth basically answers the questions of the people by not answering the questions.

Jarrod W. Shrum

Chris Dunkle said...

4.2 Spanish Newsletter about Hawkins and Drake: What's better than pirates? The enemy knowing you are funding them.
4.7 William Camden, Annals: Pretty cool lead-up to the war. Troop numbers, locations and tactics are all discussed.
4.8 The Miraculous Victory Achieved by the English Fleete: A wonderfully biased description of the sea battle between the English and Spanish fleets.

Anonymous said...

4.5 Elizabeth’s Reply to the House of Common’s Demand for Mary’s Execution: By Elizabeth giving an answerless answer to the House of Common’s about Mary’s execution it allowed for her to be blameless no matter what happens. This also shows how this decision was a very conflicting one for the Queen.

4.9 Queen Elizabeth’s Tilbury Speech: I liked this one because it seems to be written to inspire the people fighting for her against the Spaniards, while at the same time building up herself as a leader.

4.3 Sir Henry Sidney to Queen Elizabeth on Munster and Connaught: This one simply shows us how poor of shape Ireland is in at this time. In addition, it shows how the English more or less view the Irish people.

--Samantha Bobbitt

Alex Gillespie said...

4.7 William Camden Annals: A pretty interesting lead up to the War with Spain
4.2 Spanish letter about Hawkins and Drake: I know quite a bit about this stuff after last semesters research paper.
4.8 The Miraculous Victory Achieved by the English Fleet. I like this because it is the explosion that had been building for a while.

Hannah Siemer said...

4.4 Earl of Essex, "The State of Ireland, as it appeared ... during the Rebellion": I found this topic interesting because of how it showed Ireland during this time period. It depicts the English reasons of why there had not been a reormation in the country.

4.7 William Camden, Annals: This was a good section because of how it depicted the two countries (England and Spain) before the war. I especially liked how it showed the lengths that Queen Elizabeth went to.

4.5 Elizabeth's Reply to the House of Commons's Demand for Mary's Execution: I found this section interesting because of the stand that Queen Elizabeth took with her "answer answerless" approach. By doing so, she was not condemning nor absolving.

Hannah L. Siemer

Anonymous said...

4.9 Queen Elizabeth's Tilbury Speech: I like this one a lot because Elizabeth is both trying to inspire her people and herself at the same time. She sounds very powerful and in control but it is clearly for a purpose that she is speaking in the manor that she is.

4.6 Elizabeth to James VI of Scotland: This is an interesting document because Elizabeth is attempting to prove she is innocent in the execution of Mary. She is reaching out to James VI and calls herself his friend while she speaks more about their friendship than anything about Mary.

4.5 Elizabeth's Reply to the House of Common's Demand for Mary's Execution: This is an interesting document because it shows the difficult position Elizabeth was in. She gives a confusing answer so she cannot be blamed for anything.

--Samantha Sarich


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