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This thesis looks at three themes in representations of the Queen in Elizabethan literature. They are: the problem of representing a female ruler; the relation between the cult of Elizabeth and the cult of the Virgin Mary; and representations of Elizabeth as Cynthia, the moon-goddess. These topics are seen as focal points for problematic issues in panegyric.
Since neither of the most significant early Arthurian pseudo-histories go so far as to place Arthur in Greenland, America, or the Arctic—although Geoffrey’s account prefigures such claims by extending Arthur’s conquests to the farthest known northern and western limits of European civilization—we must therefore turn to Dee’s own manuscripts for some illumination as to where this idea came from and how it developed.