Elizabeth’s Symbolic Marriage to England: A History of Lasting Union
Hall, Jill M.
Early English Studies, vol. 1 (2007)
This paper examines the rhetoric of Elizabeth’s speech about entering into a symbolic marriage with England from a religious studies perspective in order to investigate how the content of Elizabeth’s speech utilizes a rhetoric of political theology about the king’s two bodies. Via rhetoric, Elizabeth was able to enter into a symbolic marriage with England, which created a union between King Henry VIII and James I’s Protestant goals, thus establishing a national identity in England.