Elizabeth’s ‘Golden Speech’ (76 words)

Historical Context Note

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Elizabeth made a speech to her last Parliament addressing discontent over trade monopolies in England that had forced up the prices of some commodities. Elizabeth was famous for her speeches, and the “Golden Speech” is a perfect example of her intelligent self-projection as a competent figurehead to a Parliament of men. The ‘Golden’ label was first coined in a commonwealth pamphlet which bore a header beginning “This speech ought to be set in letters of gold”.

Editors. "Elizabeth’s ‘Golden Speech’". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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