John Nichols's the Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: v. 3: 1579 to 1595

ISBN : 9780199551408

Jayne Elisabeth Archer; Faith Eales; Elizabeth Clarke; Elizabeth Goldring
896 Pages
163 x 236 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
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John Nichols's The Progresses of Queen Elizabeth (1788-1823) has long been an indispensable reference tool for scholars working on Elizabethan court and culture - despite the serious limitations of an antiquarian edition now two centuries old. This old-spelling edition of the early modern materials contained in Nichols's Progresses is edited to high and consistent standards, and based on a critical re-examination of printed and manuscript sources. It is structured by a narrative of the two sets of annual progresses undertaken by Queen Elizabeth I: the 'summer progresses,' when Elizabeth travelled throughout southern England and the Midlands, visiting cities as far afield as Bristol, Coventry, Norwich, and Southampton; and the 'winter progresses,' when Elizabeth moved between her residences in and around London, including Richmond, Hampton Court, and Whitehall. New editions of the major progress entertainments - Kenilworth, Woodstock, Elvetham, Cowdray, Ditchley, and Harefield - are set alongside accounts of civic receptions, tilts and Accession Day entertainments, and non-dramatic texts, many of which have not been published since Nichols, including verses delivered by Eton scholars before the Queen (1563); John Lesley's Oratio (1574); Gabriel Harvey's Gratulationum Valdinensium (1578); and the Oxford and Cambridge verses on the death of Queen Elizabeth (1603). The editions are supported by translations of all non-English material, full scholarly annotation, illustrations, and maps. This will make John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources the most comprehensive collection of early modern texts pertaining to the court and culture of Queen Elizabeth. Volume III covers the years from 1579 to 1595.


New Year's gifts given to the Queen, 1579
Edmund Spenser, 'Hobbinolls dittie in praise of Eliza, Queene of the Shepheards'
The arrival and entertainment of Count Casimir, 22 January - 14 February 1579
Letter from the Earl of Leicester to William Davison, 12 February 1579
The court at Shrovetide, 1579
The Queen's progress into Essex and Suffolk, summer 1579
Orders for the Queen's reception at Colchester, 1 - 2 September 1579
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1580
The Queen's summer progress, 1580
Letter from Lord Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, 23 June 1580
The growth of the population in London
Proclamation against new buildings in the City of London, 7 July 1580
Letter from the Queen to the Bishop, Dean, and Chapter of Chester, 29 September 1580
Extract from a wages account, 1580
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1581
Letter from Queen Elizabeth to the Bishop of Chester, 13 January 1581
The Queen at Whitehall, 20 - 22 January 1581
The tournament of Callophisus, 22 January 1581
The Queen visits the Golden Hind, 4 April 1581
The Queen visits Islington, 1581
Sir Henry Sidney's visit to Shrewsbury School, February - May 1581
The Four Foster Children of Desire (The Fortress of Perfect Beauty), May 1581
Letter from Queen Elizabeth to Sir Edward Stafford, August 1581
The Queen visits the Earl of Nottingham at Chelsea, 1581
Thomas Cartwright appointed Master of the Hospital at Warwick, 1581
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year, 1582
Jewels given to the Queen at other times than at New Year, 1582
The Barriers for Monsieur, 1 January 1582
The Ioyful and royal entertainment of the ryght high and mightie Prince, Frauncis the Frenche Kings only brother ... Into his noble Citie of Antwerpe, February 1582
Letter from Francis Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, 13 February 1582
The King of Denmark invested with the Garter, 28 June - 27 September 1582
The death of William Wentworth, November 1582
Regulations recommended for the apparel of London apprentices, 1582
Regulations for preventing the spread of the plague in London, December 1582 - January 1583
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1583
The visit of Sir Henry and Lady Mary Sidney to Shrewsbury, 11 March 1583
Baron ?aski's visit to the University of Oxford, 10 - 13 June 1583
The wedding of Robert Southwell and Elizabeth Howard
A proclamation against retainers, 19 April 1583
Thomas Blanke presented before the Queen, 6 May 1583
Letter from the Queen to Lord Burghley, 8 May 1583
Queen Elizabeth at Theobalds, 27 - 30 May 1583
Feasts at the Grocer's and Haberdasher's Halls in London, July 1583
Shooting match in London, 17 September 1583
The Queen at Loseley Hall, 28 August 1583
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1584
The visit of the Earl of Leicester, the Earl of Essex, and Lord North to Shrewsbury, 25 - 26 May 1584
The Earl of Leicester's reception at Leicester, 18 - 19 June 1584
Letter from the Queen to the Sherriff of Lancashire, 16 August 1584
Letter from the Earl of Leicester to the Burgesses of Andover, 12 October 1584
The Queen in London, 12 - 24 November 1584
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1585
Plate given to the Queen at Nonsuch and received into the Office, 28 November 1585
Plate given to the Queen at New Year 1585
Plate new made by the said Alderman Martin, and received into the office for the use of the Scottishe Queene
Sonnet by Ronsard
The King of France's investiture with the Garter, 20 January - 12 March 1585
The order of going to Parliament, 29 March 1585
Royal proclamation regarding the children of the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, 27 April 1585
Letter from the Lords of the Council to Ferdinando Stanley Lord Strange, William Chaderton
Lord Bishop of Chester, and all the other justices of Lancashire and Cheshire, 20 June 1585
Entertainment of the deputies of the states of the Low Countries, June 1585
Relations between Lord Burghley and the Earl of Leicester, 1585
George Peele, The Device of the Pageant borne before the Woolstone Dixi Lord Maior of the Citie of London, 29 October 1585
Jewels given to the Queen at New Year 1586
William Webbe, 'Spenser's 'Hobbinolls Dittie' into a 'Homely Sapphic"
Letter from Queen Elizabeth to the Bishop of Chester, 23 January 1586
Letter from Thomas Dudley to the Earl of Leicester, 11 February 1586
The feast of St George observed at Utrecht, 23 April 1586
The Danish ambassador's entertainment at Greenwich, 8 - 30 May 1586
Edward Hake, An oration conteyning an expostulation, 10 August 1586
Letter from King James VI of Scotland to his secretary, 9 September 1586
Letter from the Earl of Cumberland to Lord Burghley, 23 September 1586
The death (1586) and funeral procession (1587) of Sir Philip Sidney
The examination of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, at Fotheringhay, 1586
Proclamation against Mary Queen of Scots, 1586
Execution and Funeral of Mary Queen of Scots, 1587
Short extract from the Memoirs of Robert Carey, 1586
The will of Anne, Duchess of Somerset, 14 July 1586-21 April 1587
Letter from King James VI of Scotland to Queen Elizabeth, 26 January 1587
Prolusion of 'Prince Arthur, with his Knights of the Round Table', exhibited in 1588 before the Queen
The Spanish Armada, 1588
Letter from Sir George Bond, Lord Mayor, to the Privy Council, 1588
Letter from the Earl of Cumberland to Sir Francis Walsingham, 29 October 1588
New Year's gift roll, 1 January 1589
Poems from George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589)
Letter from the Lord Mayor of London to the Company of Stationers, 28 January 1589
The Queen at Richmond, Chelsea, and Westminster, 30 January 1589
Death of Lady Burghley, 4 April 1589
Letter from the Earl of Derby to the Earl of Shrewsbury, 21 May 1589
Letter from Lord Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, 22 May 1589
Death of Sir Francis Walsingham, 6 April, 1590
Death of Sir William Drury, 18 January 1590
Letter from John Stanhope to Lord Talbot, 22 December 1589
Gifts given to the Queen at New Year, 1590
Death of Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, 21 February 1590
The Queen's summer progress, 1590
Sir Henry Lee's retirement tilt, 17 November 1590
Letter from Thomas Kery to Lord Talbot, 23 October 1590
Letter from John Stanhope to Lord Talbot, November 1590
Letter from Richard Brackinbury to Lord Talbot, 20 November 1590
The Queen's movements, February - May 1591
Queen Elizabeth at Theobalds, 10 - 20 May 1591
Letter from Lord Hunsdon to Sir William More, 10 July 1591
Sir Henry Unton's embassy to France, July 1591 - June 1592
Letter from Sir William More to Lord Hunsdon, 1590
The Queen's entertainment at Cowdray, 14 - 20 August 1591
The Queen's progress, 20 August - 20 September 1591
The Queen's entertainment at Elvetham, 20 - 23 September 1591
The Queen's progress, September 1591
The death of Sir Christopher Hatton, 20 November 1591
Gift received by Queen Elizabeth, 1592
The Queen's progress, September 1592
Letter from Sir Thomas Heneage to Sir John Puckering, 12 September 1592
Letter from Edward Jones, 12 September 1592
Queen Elizabeth at Bissam, Sudeley, and Ricote, August - September 1592
Queen Elizabeth's second visit to the University of Oxford, 22 - 28 September 1592
The Queen at Twickenham Park, 1592
Sir Henry Lee's entertainments for the Queen at Ditchley and Woodstock, 20 - 21 September 1592
Received into the office, and paied for in the warraunte for New-Yeare's Guiftes
The Proceeding to the Parliament of Queene Elizabeth from her Majesty's Royall Palace of Whitehall to Westminster,1593
Received oute of her Majesty's Privy Chamber, from the hands of Michael Stanhope, the 27th daye of April, anno 35o pred
and given her in Progress before
Letter from Mr Standen to Mr Bacon, 21 November 1593
Letter from Mr Standen to Mr Bacon, 23 November 1593
The Recorder of London's speech to the Queen following the election of Cuthbert Buckle as Lord Mayor of London, 1593
Extracts from the Memoirs of Robert Carey, 1593
Received into the office from Mr William Killigrew, 12 August 1594
Thomas Churchyard, A Pleasant conceite penned in verse, 1 January 1594
Sir Robert Cecil, The Hermit's Oration, Theobalds, 13 - 23 June 1594
Extracts from the Memoirs of Robert Carey, 1593 - 94
Extracts from Sir John Harington's papers, called his Breefe Notes and Remembrauncer
Remembrance for furniture at Kew, and for her Majesty's Entertainment, 14 August 1594
William Fowler, A True Reportarie of the Baptisme of the Prince of Scotland, 30 August 1594
Letter from the Earl of Cumberland to Lord Thomas Howard, 1 September 1594
John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London, presented to the Justices, 29 October 1594
Letter from the Queen to Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby, 7 October 1594
Christmas and New Year at Gray's Inn, 1594-95: Gesta Grayorum
A discharge of the state and degree of Serjeant at the Law to Thomas Fleming, 5 November 1595
Device exhibited by the Earl of Essex before Queen Elizabeth, on the anniversary of her accession to the throne, 17 November 1595
The Queen at Kew, 11 December 1595

About the author: 

Dr. Jayne Elisabeth Archer is lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature in the Department of English Literature, Aberystwyth University. She is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick, where she spent four years as AHRC postdoctoral Research Fellow on the John Nichols Project. She is co-editor of The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), and has published articles on Elizabethan and Jacobean masques, early modern women's receipt books, and alchemy in early modern literature. She is currently working on a book-length study of the relationship between housewifery and natural philosophy in early modern literature. ; Dr. Elizabeth Clarke is Professor of English at the University of Warwick. She is author of Theory and Theology in George Herbert's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1997) and has just finished a study in versions of the Song of Songs in seventeenth-century England. She was director of the Perdita Project for early modern women's manuscripts and is currently directing a British Academy-funded project on the life-writing of Elizabeth Isham (1608-1654). ; Dr. Elizabeth Goldring was a Research Fellow in the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and is now an Associate Fellow of both the Centre and Warwick's History of Art Department. She is co-editor of two essay collections - The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics and Performance (Ashgate, 2002) - and associate general editor of Europa Triumphans: Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2004). Other recent publications include articles in The British Art Journal, The Burlington Magazine, and ELR: English Literary Renaissance. She was Consultant to English Heritage for the exhibition 'Queen and Castle: Robert Dudley's Kenilworth', which opened in 2006.

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