The Elizabethan New Years Gift Exchanges, 1559-1603

Hardcover | February 7, 2013

EditorJane A. Lawson

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The records of Queen Elizabeth's New Year's gift exchanges convey a wealth of information about the late Tudor court. Records of twenty-four exchanges survive from the forty-five years of Elizabeth's reign, naming more than 1,200 participants. The vellum rolls record what was given to theQueen and what she gave in return. The gift rolls convey important information on a broad range of topics, including Elizabethan biography, language, and social and economic conditions, as well as the age's costume, jewellery, and plate, yet they remain largely unstudied by scholars in the manydisciplines that would benefit from such evidence. A. Jeffries Collins, the first scholar to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the rolls, lamented more than a half-century ago how little use had been made of them by professional historians. Elizabethan studies rarely cite the substantial and varied information found in these documents, and eventhat use has been almost wholly restricted to the seven New Year's rolls edited in whole or part to date. This edition opens up their use to scholars by providing complete transcriptions of the extant rolls. They are complemented by five appendices which include biogrpahical sketches of participantswith cross references to their titles, a table of court offices with details of participants' offices and occupations, a listing of gift terms and descriptors, and a glossary of unusual or obsolete words found on the rolls.

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The records of Queen Elizabeth's New Year's gift exchanges convey a wealth of information about the late Tudor court. Records of twenty-four exchanges survive from the forty-five years of Elizabeth's reign, naming more than 1,200 participants. The vellum rolls record what was given to theQueen and what she gave in return. The gift roll...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:730 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Extant New Year's Gift RollsTranscribed Texts1559 1 Elizabeth : John Rylands Library, Manchester, MS Eng 1171562 4 Elizabeth : British Library, Harley Roll V.181563 5 Elizabeth : PRO, C 47/3/381564 6 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.121565 7 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.131567 9 Elizabeth : British Library, MS Additional 97721568 10 Elizabeth : Society of Antiquaries, London, MS 5381571 13 Elizabeth : Collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, K.T., Boughton House1575 17 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.141576 18 Elizabeth : British Library, MS Additional 48271577 19 Elizabeth : PRO, C 47/3/391578 20 Elizabeth : Society of Antiquaries, London, MS 5371579 21 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.151581 23 Elizabeth : Eton College, MS 1921582 24 Elizabeth : Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton RO DD\MI/19/1; British Library, MS Harley 16441584 26 Elizabeth : British Library, MS Egerton 30521585 27 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.161588 30 Elizabeth : British Library, MS Additional 81591589 31 Elizabeth : British Library, Lansdowne Roll 171597 39 Elizabeth : Morgan Library and Museum, New York, MS MA 3199; British Library Facs 6721598 40 Elizabeth : PRO, C 47/3/401599 41 Elizabeth : Folger Shakespeare Library, MS Z.d.171600 42 Elizabeth : Fondation Martin Bodmer, Geneva; British Library RP 294 vol.11603 45 Elizabeth : PRO, C 37/3/41BibliographyAppendices:Appendix I : Gift Descriptions and MotifsAppendix II : GlossaryAppendix III : Offices and OccupationsAppendix IV : Custodians of GiftsAppendix V : Biographical Sketches