Reviews of Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence – Updated 26/06

Reviews of ‘Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence’ edited by Janel Mueller have started appearing:

The queen of minds by Barry Collett – The Sydney Morning Herald – June 25th 2011 (added 26 June)

Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence by Philippa Gregory – Los Angeles Times – May 29th 2011 (added 27 May)

The following are from University of Chicago Press Books website:

‘There has been no full annotated edition of Katherine Parr’s works before and it is high time that we had one. This new edition is a huge accomplishment, and many scholars, from those interested in women’s studies to those exploring Tudor politics to religious historians, will want to consult it’—Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College, Columbia University

‘In this much-needed and meticulously annotated edition of the devotional writings and correspondence of Katherine Parr, Janel Mueller recovers the voice of an important Tudor author whose writings have received little attention from readers over the centuries. The first woman to publish books in English under her own name, she engaged in self-revelatory reflection that offers unique insight into the mentality of an English queen. Learned in multiple languages, she appears to have molded the character of her stepdaughter who later reigned as Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England. Of particular interest within this exemplary edition are two documents written in Katherine Parr’s own hand, for which Professor Mueller provides old-spelling transcriptions that supplement the modernized texts of her complete oeuvre.’—John N. King, The Ohio State University

‘Janel Mueller’s edition of the writings of Queen Katherine Parr makes a perfect bookend to the earlier edition of the writings of Queen Elizabeth I, who owed much, as this superbly collected volume shows, to the complicated example of her brave and prudent stepmother.’—Maureen Quilligan, Duke University

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