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Manuscript Verse Collectors and the Politics of Anti-Courtly Love Poetry$
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Joshua Eckhardt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559503.001.0001

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The Spanish Match and the History of Sexuality

The Spanish Match and the History of Sexuality

(p.93) 4 The Spanish Match and the History of Sexuality
Manuscript Verse Collectors and the Politics of Anti-Courtly Love Poetry

Joshua Eckhardt

Oxford University Press

By adding to their miscellanies libels on the proposed marriage between Prince Charles and the Spanish Infanta, collectors of anti-courtly love poetry continued to assimilate the genre to manuscript environments that were particularly unflattering to prominent Catholic women. Yet Spanish match libels also began a new chapter in the history of early Stuart libels by introducing issues of male sexuality through the figure of George Villiers, first duke of Buckingham. Despite certain similarities with his predecessors, Buckingham came under unprecedented censure for his purportedly erotic relationship with King James I. By documenting the shift in the way that libelers criticized royal favorites, verse collectors marked a significant moment in both political history and the history of sexuality.

Keywords:   Spanish match, Prince Charles, Spanish Infanta, Buckingham, James I, sexuality

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