Elizabeth I: Translations, 1592-1598 by Elizabeth I, Janel Mueller, Joshua Scodel

By Elizabeth I, Janel Mueller, Joshua Scodel

England’s Virgin Queen, Elizabeth Tudor, had a name for skillability in overseas languages, many times validated in multilingual exchanges with overseas emissaries at courtroom and within the extemporized Latin she spoke on formal visits to Cambridge and Oxford. however the ultimate evidence of her mastery of different tongues is the good sized physique of translations she revamped the process her lifetime. This two-volume set is the 1st whole choice of Elizabeth’s translations from and into Latin, French, and Italian.             featuring unique and modernized spellings in a facing-page layout, those volumes will solution the decision to make all of Elizabeth’s writings to be had. They comprise her renderings of epistles of Cicero and Seneca, non secular writings of John Calvin and Marguerite de Navarre, and Horace’s Ars poetica, in addition to Elizabeth’s Latin Sententiae drawn from various resources, at the tasks of sovereign rule and her personal views at the monarchy.  Editors Janel Mueller and Joshua Scodel provide advent to every of the translated decisions, describing the resource textual content, its cultural value, and the historic context during which Elizabeth translated it. Their annotations determine vague meanings, biblical and classical references, and Elizabeth’s real or obvious deviations from her sources.              The translations gathered right here hint Elizabeth’s regular development from younger evangelical piety to extra mature reflections on morality, royal accountability, private and non-private varieties of grief, and how to rule.  Elizabeth I: Translations is the queen’s own legacy, an instance of some of the best humanist schooling can carry to the behavior of sovereign rule. 
 
 

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4v. 48. the other “caetera” (other things). 49. lewdness . . duty lewdness wickedness. with . . ” 50. that, though . . not “quod minime timendum fuisse senserunt” (that they felt you were to be feared very little). 51. eagerest . . ” my . . lessen “numquam tamen verbis extenuabo” (I will never belittle with my words). cicero’s pro m. marcello 31 and counsel; this shows Virtue’s rewards, the other48 but Fortune’s love. [20] Be not weary, therefore, to preserve good men that have faulted not for ambition or lewdness, but beguiled with opinion of duty:49 though false it were, yet sure not dishonest, having a show of country’s good.

Yea, Fortune, the leader of all worldly haps, can make no proffer of title to this thy glory, but gives thee place and makes profession that only and wholly it is thine. For rashness never accompanies wit; nor chance,15 a fellow to counsel. [8] You have tamed nations barbarous and cruel, numberless for multitude, infinite for places, fertile in all kind of store; but all these be such things as, by nature and by state, may be conquered. For never was there so great a force, so large a store,16 but sword and strength might feeble and dissever.

Although . . war “etiamsi poenas a populo Romano ob aliquod delictum expetiverunt, qui civile bellum tantum et tam luctuosum excitaverunt” (even if they did exact cicero’s pro m. marcello 29 of the victory! 40 For now is no time to dispute causes, but to compare victories. [17] We have seen thy victory limited with battle; we have looked of no sword in the city without his scabbard. The citizens we lost, no rage of victory but force of war beat down, so as no man needs to doubt of thy goodwill, O Caesar, even to have raise[d] from grave, if thy power had equaled thy goodwill, many of those that be gone, since even of the same side and troops,41 thou hast saved whom thou couldst.

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