Lady Arbella Stuart

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Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) was a claimant to the English throne and a letter-writer whose actions and words reveal a powerful personal and public drama. More than one hundred letters written to her husband, members of the royal family, court officials, and friends still exist; and most were written during times when Arbella Stuart’s noble birth and demands for independence put her in direct opposition to Queen Elizabeth and then to King James, first in 1603, when she attempted to make a clandestine marriage, and again in 1610 when she did marry, then escaped from her subsequent incarceration cross-dressed as a man, and was recaptured and confined in the Tower of London. In her letters, Stuart uses her considerable rhetorical …

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Steen, Sara Jayne. "Lady Arbella Stuart". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 August 2008
[, accessed 30 November 2015.]

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