Queen Elizabeth I Portrait

Dear QEIS Members,

I have a few items to bring to your attention:

(1) I want to publicly thank our webmaster, Grant Moss, for continuing to serve as our digital wizard. I'm sure I speak for all when I express gratitude for the years he has devoted already to keeping our Society website humming along, and for manning the lists, so to speak.  I honestly don't know what we'd do without him. 

(2) For those of you who will be attending SCRC in Arizona this year, let me remind you of the two annual prizes to be awarded at the meeting.  

First, the Agnes Strickland Prize for Best Conference Paper comes with a cash award and a letter of recognition (always useful for waving in front of your department chair, if you're a professor, or in front of your graduate advisor, if you're a student).  All those participating in QEIS sessions at SCRC are eligible to participate.  If you would like to be considered, you may send a copy of your conference paper to me at this email address by March 10th.  Please be aware that the members of the Awards Committee do take into account the quality of actual presentations; however, we will not consider papers we have not received by this deadline.

Second, all graduate student participants in QEIS sessions are eligible for the Francis Drake Student Travel Award, 2014.  Cash prizes meant to cover travel expenses will be awarded to two graduate students whose presentations are exemplary of original and well-articulated scholarship.   If you would like to be considered, you may send a copy of your conference paper to me at this email address by March 10th.

Special events you must not miss:

***Queen Elizabeth I Society Keynote Session, Friday, 2:45 pm, featuring:

Retha Warnicke, Professor of History, Arizona State University

"Tudor Consorts: The Politics of Royal Matchmaking, 1483-1543"

Jane Donawerth, Professor of English, University of Maryland

"Elizabeth I and the Marriage Crisis, John Lyly’s Campaspe, and the Shaping of  Court Drama"

***The Queen's Revels and Royal Attic Auction

Friday, 8:00 pm.  Master of the Revels, 2014: Prof. Charles Beem

Featuring mirthful entertainments and sundry items for purchase from the Queen’s attic!

For our revels this year, come prepared with your best 2-3 original limericks on Elizabeth I and/or Elizabethans.  Theatricality strongly encouraged. Your goal is to leave your colleagues tipsy with delight, awed by your wit and genial prowess, and somewhat windblown by gales of laughter.  

I look forward to seeing many members in Arizona,

Brandie R. Siegfried

QEIS President 

Retha Warnicke is Professor of History at Arizona State University and author of several works, including Wicked Women of Tudor England: Queens, Aristocrats, Commoners (2012).  Her presentation is titled "Tudor Consorts:  The Politics of Royal Matchmaking, 1483-1543."

Jane Donawerth is Professor of English at the University of Maryland whose published works include Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Women's Tradition, 1600-1900 (2011).  The title of her presentation is "Elizabeth I and the Marriage Crisis, John Lyly's Campaspe, and the Shaping of Court Drama."

Image of Elizabeth I credit Wikimedia Commons.

© Grant Moss 2013