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The material and visual culture of the Stuart Courts, 1589–1619
Author: Jemma Field

This book analyses Anna of Denmark’s material and visual patronage at the Stuart courts, examining her engagement with a wide array of expressive media including architecture, garden design, painting, music, dress, and jewellery. Encompassing Anna’s time in Denmark, England, and Scotland, it establishes patterns of interest and influence in her agency, while furthering our knowledge of Baltic-British transfer in the early modern period. Substantial archival work has facilitated a formative re-conceptualisation of James and Anna’s relationship, extended our knowledge of the constituents of consortship in the period, and has uncovered evidence to challenge the view that Anna followed the cultural accomplishments of her son, Prince Henry. This book reclaims Anna of Denmark as the influential and culturally active royal woman that her contemporaries knew. Combining politics, culture, and religion across the courts of Denmark, Scotland, and England, it enriches our understanding of royal women’s roles in early modern patriarchal societies and their impact on the development of cultural modes and fashions. This book will be of interest to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on early modern Europe in the disciplines of Art and Architectural History, English Literature, Theatre Studies, History, and Gender Studies. It will also attract a wide range of academics working on early modern material and visual culture, and female patronage, while members of the public who enjoy the history of courts and the British royals will also find it distinctively appealing.

Ekphrasis and historical materiality in Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece
Rachel Eisendrath

, Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), and Angus Vine, In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).  8 Catherine Belsey, ‘Invocation of the Visual Image: Ekphrasis in Lucrece and Beyond’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 63 (2012), 175–98 (p. 196).  9 Greene describes an unrequited desire in the Renaissance for the ancient world, a desire that was like an ‘incomplete embrace’ (The Light in Troy, p. 43). 10 Valentine Cunningham, ‘Why Ekphrasis?’, Classical Philology, 102

in Ekphrastic encounters
Ekphrastic encounters in Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy
Richard Meek

2 ‘Fabulously counterfeit’: ekphrastic encounters in Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy Richard Meek One of the more explicit references to the paragone in Renaissance literature appears in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 16. Like several of the poems in the sequence, Sonnet 16 self-consciously reflects upon the speaker’s attempts to represent the friend in verse, or what the poet playfully refers to as his ‘barren rhyme’.1 But this particular sonnet also sets up a further comparison between poetry and the visual arts. The speaker proposes that the friend’s living offspring will

in Ekphrastic encounters
Kimberley Skelton

Continental accounts of architecture because of the new proliferation of translations, and who readjusted continuously when speaking and hearing the words of their discussions. Notes 1 Lawrence Stone, The Crisis of the Aristocracy 1558–1641 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967), pp. 41–2, 45–6, 51. 2 J. F. R. Day, ‘Primers of Honor: Heraldry, Heraldry Books, and English Renaissance Literature’, Sixteenth-Century Journal 21:1 (Spring 1990), 94–6. 3 On these volumes, see Day, ‘Primers of Honor’, 93–103. 4 John Guillim, A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting a More Easie

in The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England
Jemma Field

/13. Strong, Renaissance Garden, 97; Henderson, Tudor House and Garden, 101, 103; Morgan, Nature as Model, 115–119. Quoted in Strong, Renaissance Garden, 90–91. De Caus later published a design – in Les Raisons des forces Mouvantes (Frankfurt, 1615) – for a Parnassus that is almost identical to that described by Neumayr. Morgan, Nature as Model, 120–121. For an examination of the role and place that mechanical and magical effects held in the contemporary literary world see the essays in W. B. Hyman (ed.), The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature (Farnham, 2011

in Anna of Denmark