Heather Campbell
Search for other papers by Heather Campbell in
Current site
Google Scholar
‘And in their midst a sun’
Petrarch’s Triumphs and the Elizabethan icon
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Prominent among the personae adopted by Elizabeth I in her self-presentation is Petrarch's Laura, the unattainable love-focus of the Canzoniere and the central figure in the Triumphs. The popularity of the Triumphs in sixteenth-century England provided a crucial element in the creation of the Elizabethan icon. It offered a vocabulary and a cluster of associations through which Elizabeth could be presented to her own subjects and to other European political figures as the Virgin Queen, but in a context resonant of military victory and masculine royal authority. The tradition of civic celebration that precedes Elizabethan entries and progresses owes much to the central presence of both the Roman victory procession and Petrarch's poem in processions at home and across Europe. The illustrative tradition which accompanies the poem seems to have developed simply in response to Petrarch's choice of the Roman triumph as an organising motif.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


Goddesses and Queens

The iconography of Elizabeth I


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 328 178 17
Full Text Views 58 14 0
PDF Downloads 43 9 0