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Amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy
Karen Lury

declaration, the crowning of the Queen of the South, the singing of the song and various ceremonial parades around the town, as well as a ball. 21 Smith suggests that the centrality of the coronation of a ‘virginqueen in these festivals testifies to the sense of security attained when people ‘reaffirm the rightness of the moral rules by which they live or feel they ought to live’ in a society ‘held together

in The British monarchy on screen
Genealogy in biblical exegesis and the Legend of Temperance
Margaret Christian

to his first wife, who bore him at least thirteen children and whom he mourned by erecting the twelve famous Eleanor crosses. Edward I was also celebrated for his faithfulness to his second wife,32 while the virgin queen lavished her devotion on England. Edward III, when only a teenager, balked at offering the required homage to the French king in return for his French holdings, first obtaining legal opinions that such service did not prejudice his own claims to the French crown. A lover of war, he sought to expand his territory in France and into Scotland.33

in Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis
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Renaissance Man in search of a soul
Rowland Wymer

be the most important of Jarman’s many personal myths and fables. Helios invaded the sacred city of Disc ‘attracted by the great beauty of the virgin Queen who ruled it, but lost in the mirror maze, the young sun god was maddened by his own burning reflections until he finally stumbled blinded from the Labyrinth and dived into the blue lake’. 48 This loss of identity in the blue lake is less terminal than it seems because

in Derek Jarman
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Stephen Orgel

looked quite different still had Ralegh ever succeeded in discovering any gold in Guiana, that country that, notoriously, “hath yet her maidenhead.” 5 Maidenheads, as Ralegh and his English backers from the virgin queen and the pacific king on down assume, are there to be taken. The allusion to The Tempest is significant too because the debate

in Spectacular Performances
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Empire and music
Jeffrey Richards

island under the presiding genius of the Virgin Queen standing alone against a tyrannical Catholic Empire. This historical-pastoral tradition was espoused by Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and George Butterworth, on the one hand, and by Edward German on the other. 36 There was a third element – as popular in England as in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall from where it drew inspiration

in Imperialism and music
‘The fantastic ethnography’ of Sir Walter Ralegh and Baconian experimentalism
Line Cottegnies

virgin Queen. 58 It is the verbal agility and allegorical imagination of the poet Sir Walter Ralegh that comes to the fore here, as this vision suggests strong Spenserian associations. In the final lines, the ‘Shepherd of the Ocean’ (as Spenser had hailed Ralegh), 59 offers an allegorical reading of the New World as a romance fairyland. Critics have often used such moments in

in A knight’s legacy
The theoretical origins of English colonialism
Rachel Winchcombe

aid of a husband and, as Ralegh suggested, when the Amazons ‘heereby heare the name of a virgin’ who is able to do this they would undoubtedly submit themselves to her, making the Virgin Queen their leader. 115 Ralegh transformed the image of the Amazons, from one that epitomised female aberrance and monstrosity, into one that could be used to praise female leadership and in turn help him achieve his imperial objectives. By reworking and manipulating well-known classical models of monstrosity, then, English explorers once again transformed Old World knowledge to

in Encountering early America
Russia’s resonances in late Elizabethan England
Felicity Jane Stout

virgin queen” steadfastly refused to name her successor even as she advanced into old age, the fear that had haunted the English monarchy since the Wars of the Roses was becoming all too real again: the succession would be disputed; the country would descend into civil war’.15 Fletcher addressed the succession question of the contemporary Russian royal line, the house of Beala, as a cause for concern in Russia’s uncertain future, drawing a disquieting comparison between the Russian situation and that of other powers in Europe: ‘For the continuance of the race, this

in Exploring Russia in the Elizabethan commonwealth
Censorship, poetry and Fletcher’s later career
Felicity Jane Stout

‘monarch’ and ‘tyrant’ in his preface to the reader are not incidental, for as his poetry unfolds it becomes clear his representation of Licia bears some resemblance to contemporary images of the virgin queen. FLETCHER AND COURTLY LOVE:  THE SONNETS Fletcher’s comparison of true love (what the poet attempted) and the tyranny of love (what the poet became entangled in) held political nuances that become more apparent throughout the sonnets, as themes of imprisonment, cruelty and inconstancy come to the fore. Fletcher was far from alone in picturing the ‘courtly love’ of

in Exploring Russia in the Elizabethan commonwealth
Peel’s Protection Act and the retreat from approachability, 1837–50
Steve Poole

woman of twenty-one (for) the life of a man old enough to be her father and who was, indeed, the father of a numerous family’, but most maintained a faith in Victoria’s instinctive feminine compassion. Mercy had always been the brightest gem in the crown of a king, declared another speaker at the same meeting: ‘how much more bright, then, in the coronet of a virgin Queen? (Cheers) He had heard that her Majesty was charitable, benevolent and kind; and he sincerely trusted she would add to these qualities that of mercy.’ The memorialists were encouraged by an unexpected

in The politics of regicide in England, 1760–1850