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'Ungainefull Arte'Poetry, Patronage, and Print in the Early Modern Era$
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Richard A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.001.0001

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Elizabeth I and Court Patronage

Elizabeth I and Court Patronage

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(p.172) 11 Elizabeth I and Court Patronage
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'Ungainefull Arte'
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Richard A. McCabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.003.0011

This chapter considers the ways in which female sovereignty impacted upon traditional modes of patriarchal patronage, reducing male courtiers to the status of ‘threshold patrons’. It compares Elizabeth to Mary Tudor, and examines the various strategies she employed—including those of delegation—to maintain her independence from the various factions wishing to appropriate her authority, or control her image. Her disinclination to appoint a Queen’s Poet or Laureate is viewed in this context. The second section of the chapter looks at various problems of precedence and protocol arising from the Queen’s indulgence of favourites such as the Earls of Leicester and Essex.

Keywords:   patronage, precedence, Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor, Ascham, Melissus, Ocland, Earl of Leicester, Lord Burghley, Earl of Essex

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