Title

God Save The Queen: Kairos and the Mercy Letters of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots

Abstract

“God Save the Queen: Kairos and the Mercy Letters of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots” analyzes the most consequential correspondence of these Renaissance women rulers—letters begging for mercy in the face of death. This analysis uncovers the similar rhetorical techniques of these documents composed in the heightened exigency of literal life and death situations, when these royal women turned to the community of which they were members to invoke pity and ask for mercy in their unique positions as inheritors of a male history in order to create strategies for the rhetoric of women rulers providing an historical exemplar of a kairotic rhetorical response.

Publication Date

3-15-2016

Journal Title

Rhetoric Review

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Document Type

Article

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