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Anne Boleyn’s legacy to Elizabeth I: Neoclassicism and the iconography of Protestant Queenship

Hackett, Helen A; (2017) Anne Boleyn’s legacy to Elizabeth I: Neoclassicism and the iconography of Protestant Queenship. In: Bertolet, AR, (ed.) Queens Matter in Early Modern Studies. (pp. 157-180). Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

Elizabeth rarely spoke of her mother, and her feelings about her remain enigmatic. However there are striking resemblances between the 1533 coronation pageants for Anne Boleyn and Elizabethan royal iconography, especially in shared neoclassical themes of the Muses, the Three Graces, and the Judgement of Paris. This essay suggests that Elizabethan panegyrists revived and adapted images from the 1533 pageants to develop a new iconography of queenship that combined nationalism, Protestantism, and humanism. It particularly explores precedents for Spenser’s poetry in the works of John Leland (an author of the 1533 pageants), and traces possible links via academic entertainments of the 1560s. It proposes that one of the most potent legacies from mother to daughter was a new neoclassical iconography of English Protestant queenship.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Anne Boleyn’s legacy to Elizabeth I: Neoclassicism and the iconography of Protestant Queenship
ISBN-13: 9783319640471
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Tudor coronation pageants, Neoclassicism, Edmund Spenser, John Leland.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569378
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