The Morehouse Parish Library in Bastrop will host a six-week series of readings and discussions about the life and times of “Queen Bess,” Elizabeth I of England.
The program is part of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities's Readings in Literature and Culture series of humanities programs for adults in public libraries. RELIC has delivered diverse and intellectually challenging reading and discussion programs and fosters an environment in which participants are able to examine their own experiences and those of others in the light of historical analysis and literary insights. RELIC is the longest running program provided by the LEH.
“Elizabeth I of England and Times” will offer readers the opportunity to look into this turbulent world that included Elizabeth's willfulness and Mary Stuart's intrigues, Protestant England's clash with and victory over powerful Catholic Spain, economic change at home and exploration abroad and the dazzling era of Shakespeare. The program will be lead by Georgiann Potts of Monroe. The schedule of sessions is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept.10 through Oct.15.
The six sessions of “Elizabeth I of England and her Times” are: 1) Tudor England and Early Years of Elizabeth: Court Politics Meets Religious and Social Conflict; 2) A Woman Monarch Ruling in the Age of the Renaissance Man; 3) The Gathering Storms: A Queen of Scots and a King of Spain; 4) Elizabeth I and the Military; 5) Elizabethan London; 6) The Golden Age: Elizabeth as Mistress of the Island Kingdom. Texts in the program include “The Life of Elizabeth I” by Alison Weir, “Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London” by Liza Picard and “Shakespeare Alive!, edited by Joseph Papp and Elizabeth Kirkland. Other materials such as period art and film will also be sampled.
“Considering England's internal state at Elizabeth's accession, with its bloody Wars of the Roses, gyrations of religious policy and politics, no statesman of the time could have anticipated England to become an economic and military power abroad and enjoy an unprecedented artistic flourishing at home at her passing,” Director of the RELIC programs Jim Segreto said. “She was a unique ruler and personality as a woman monarch in the “Age of the Renaissance Man.””
“Elizabeth I of England” is funded by the Morehouse Parish Library and sponsored by the LEH.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because of the limited number of books and expected public response. For more information, call the library at 281.3696.