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Writing and Reading Royal EntertainmentsFrom George Gascoigne to Ben Jonson$
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Gabriel Heaton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213115.001.0001

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The Queen and the Hermit: the Tale of Hemetes (1575)

The Queen and the Hermit: the Tale of Hemetes (1575)

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(p.17) 1 The Queen and the Hermit: the Tale of Hemetes (1575)
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Writing and Reading Royal Entertainments
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Gabriel Heaton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213115.003.0002

This chapter examines the Tale of Hemetes, performed before Queen Elizabeth as part of the Woodstock entertainment of September 1575. It examines how the entertainment echoes in complex ways the circumstances and desires of Sir Henry Lee, Lieutenant of Woodstock, and his relationship with the Queen. The chapter then turns to the manuscript of the entertainment given to the Queen by the poet George Gascoigne at New Year 1576. This was one of the most elaborate presentation manuscripts presented to Elizabeth and in it Gascoigne appropriated the text for his own purposes, using it to develop his own relationship with the Queen.

Keywords:   Woodstock entertainment, George Gascoigne, Henry Lee, Hemetes, presentation manuscripts

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