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Elizabeth I revealed as secret scribe

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A manuscript written by Queen Elizabeth I has been discovered after lying unnoticed for more than a century.

A literary historian from the University of East Anglia made the startling find in Lambeth Palace Library in London.

He turned detective to piece together a series of clues to establish that the queen was the author of the writings.

The work is a translation of a book in which the Roman historian Tacitus wrote of the benefits of monarchical rule.


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"Elizabeth I, one of England’s best-loved monarchs, has been revealed to be the translator behind an English version of an ancient text by Tacitus who described the high politics, treachery and debauchery of the Roman elite.

"A 16th Century translation of the first book of Tacitus’s Annals - written in elegant italic hand on ruled paper - has been shown to be Elizabeth’s after an analysis of handwriting, her style of writing and the type of paper used. "

Full monty at Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-royals-elizabethi/elizabeth-i-revealed-as-the-translator-of-tacitus-into-english-idUSKBN1Y30XD

And at the UK Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/29/handwriting-identifies-elizabeth-i-tacitus-translation


"Elizabeth I’s Translation of Tacitus: Lambeth Palace Library, MS 683"

Paper at Oxford: https://academic.oup.com/res/advance-article/doi/10.1093/res/hgz112/5640388


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This is not surprising to any familiar with the queen: she could afford a superlative education and had one. 


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