The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I

Paperback | January 23, 2014

EditorJayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight

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More than any other English monarch before or since, Queen Elizabeth I used her annual progresses to shape her royal persona and to bolster her popularity and authority. During the spring and summer, accompanied by her court, Elizabeth toured southern England, the Midlands, and parts of theWest Country, staying with private and civic hosts, and at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The progresses provided hosts with unique opportunities to impress and influence the Queen, and became occasions for magnificent and ingenious entertainments and pageants, drawing on the skills ofarchitects, artists, and craftsmen, as well as dramatic performances, formal orations, poetic recitations, parades, masques, dances, and bear baiting. The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I is an interdisciplinary essay collection, drawing together new and innovative work by experts in literary studies, history, theatre and performance studies, art history, and antiquarian studies. As such, it will make a unique andtimely contribution to research on the culture and history of Elizabethan England. Chapters include examinations of some of the principal Elizabethan progress entertainments, including the coronation pageant Veritas temporis filia (1559), Kenilworth (1575), Norwich (1578), Cowdray (1591), Bisham(1592), and Harefield (1602), while other chapters consider the themes raised by these events, including the ritual of gift-giving; the conduct of government whilst on progress; the significance of the visual arts in the entertainments; regional identity and militarism; elite and learned women ashosts; the circulation and publication of entertainment and pageant texts; the afterlife of the Elizabethan progresses, including their reappropriation in Caroline England and the documenting of Elizabeth's reign by late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century antiquarians such as John Nichols, whowent on to compile the monumental The Progresses of Queen Elizabeth (1788-1823).

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More than any other English monarch before or since, Queen Elizabeth I used her annual progresses to shape her royal persona and to bolster her popularity and authority. During the spring and summer, accompanied by her court, Elizabeth toured southern England, the Midlands, and parts of theWest Country, staying with private and civic h...

Jayne Elisabeth Archer is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Elizabeth Goldring is Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. Sarah Knight is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Leicester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on contributorsList of illustrationsList of maps1. Jayne Archer and Sarah Knight: Introduction: Elizabetha TriumphansI. The Elizabethan Progresses: Patterns, Themes, and Contexts2. Mary Hill Cole: Monarchy in Motion: An Overview of the Progresses of Queen Elizabeth I3. Felicity Heal: Gift-Giving and Hospitality on the Elizabethan ProgressesII. Civic and Academic Receptions for Queen Elizabeth I4. Hester Lees-Jeffries: Location as Metaphor in Elizabeth I's Coronation Entry (1559): Veritas Temporis Filia5. Siobhan Keenan: Royal Entertainments at the Universities: Playing for the Queen6. C. E. McGee: Mysteries, Musters, and Masque: The Import(s) of Elizabethan Civic Entertainments7. Patrick Collinson: Pulling the Strings: Religion and Politics in the Progress of 15788. David M. Bergeron: The 'I' of the Beholder: Thomas Churchyard and the 1578 Norwich PageantIII. Private Receptions for Queen Elizabeth I9. Elizabeth Goldring: Portraiture, Patronage, and the Progresses: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and the Kenilworth Festivities of 157510. Elizabeth Heale: Contesting Terms: Loyal Catholicism and Lord Montague's Entertainment at Cowdray, 159111. Peter Davidson and Jane Stevenson: Elizabeth's Reception at Bisham (1592): Elite Women as Writers and Devisers12. Gabriel Heaton: Elizabethan Entertainments in Manuscript: The Harefield Festivities (1602) and the Dynamics of ExchangeIV. Afterlife: Caroline and Antiquarian Perspectives13. James Knowles: 'In the purest times of peerless Queen Elizabeth': Jonson and the Politics of Caroline Nostalgia14. Julian Pooley: A Pioneer of Renaissance Scholarship: John Nichols and the Progresses and Public Processions of Queen ElizabethSelect Bibliography of Secondary Criticism

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"elegantly constructed... All the papers have something new and interesting to say." --Jean Wilson, TLS 18/01/2008