Christian von Hassell presented the work that he and Hank Dobin have accomplished in the summer of 2015. After introducing the project and giving a brief biography of Essex, he demonstrated the Timeline and its features–explaining that maybe 3% of the total representations have been posted thus far.
Finally, he spoke about his own research discoveries: representations of Essex in Irish literature. Most importantly, he found a new text, The Charming of Estercel, written by Grace Rhys and published in 1913. His research radiated from that find and led to his keen insights about the rather gentle treatment of Essex in Irish literature, especially in the period of rising Irish nationalism in the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
Today we launch the public face of the research project A Thousand Times Worse Than Death: A Thanatography of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex.
This site, and this project, are meant for scholars, students, and members of the public who are interested in the culture of Elizabethan England — written, performed, and visual — as well as the history of the period. However, the Timeline spans more than 400 years of representations of the Earl of Essex and Queen Elizabeth — and so will be of interest to anyone who studies theories of representation as well as the histories of literature, drama, film, and other genres. Finally, of course, it is dedicated to all of us intrigued by the two historical figures at the center of this fascinating story and its multiple re-tellings — Essex and Elizabeth.
Please return regularly to see our latest blog posts, research, and progress reports on the Timeline.