Essex’s international agenda in 1595 and his device of the Indian Prince
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In the autumn of 1595, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was poised to attain political greatness. The international political climate had become sufficiently precarious that a statesman with Essex's particular expertise in foreign intelligence and military matters possessed skills well-tailored to address England's crises. Essex sponsored the first of these two entertainments for Queen Elizabeth I on her Accession Day with action that began on the tiltyard and continued after supper with a device scholars have titled Of Love and Self-Love. During this same period, Essex entertained the queen a second time with a piece that scholars often refer to as the device of the Indian prince. A study of Essex's device of the Indian prince not only sheds light on the earl's strategy of using his personal relationship with Elizabeth to promote transnational political action but also brings a larger trend in Elizabethan royal entertainment.


The cultural impact of an Elizabethan courtier


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