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Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne$
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Joseph Hone

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814078.001.0001

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Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne

Joseph Hone

Oxford University Press

This chapter challenges enduring assumptions about the insignificance of Anne’s coronation. Contrary to those assumptions, Anne’s coronation was a carefully orchestrated propaganda display. Drawing on hitherto overlooked or unknown archival sources, this chapter suggests that Anne’s coronation triggered debates about her legitimacy more than it resolved them. It explores how the Archbishop of York’s coronation sermon adapted Elizabethan iconography for Anne, examines new evidence about the complex political imagery of the coronation medals designed by Isaac Newton, and looks at how this imagery was appropriated by various partisan authors in their coronation panegyrics. Public responses to Anne’s coronation were frequently oblique in their political commitments.

Keywords:   coronations, Queen Anne, iconography, diplomacy, Isaac Newton, panegyric

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