By J. Walker
Surveying four-hundred years of British historical past, Walker examines how the reminiscence - the icon - of Queen Elizabeth has been used as a marker for Englishness in disputes political and social, in artwork, literature and pop culture. From her moment Westminster tomb to the pseudo-secret histories of the recovery, from Georgian ballads to Victorian work, biographies, kid's books, Suffragette banners, novels and flicks, traits in scholarship and rubber tub geese, the icon turns into extra robust because the suggestion of Englishness turns into extra arbitrary.
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40 As an index to the relative value of that sum, we know that in July 1587 Elizabeth spent £321 14s for Mary Stuart’s funeral ceremony at Peterborough. James spent, therefore, little more than twice as much on Elizabeth – and, economically, her sister – as Elizabeth spent on James’ mother. ” Even if this were all the evidence we have of posthumous disempowerment, it would make a powerful statement of James’ intention to diminish Elizabeth by thus pairing her with her childless, unpopular, and Catholic sister.
These City churches provide meaningful examples because Stow claims to provide a complete listing, whereas his records for other churches in what we might now call the greater London area are selective. However different such public representations of the dead queen may have been in the first three decades of the seventeenth century, it is the Westminster tomb which makes the official statements and which has endured as the primary text. 1057/9780230288836 - The Elizabeth Icon, 1603-2003, Julia M.
As it has evolved, the Abbey as a whole, and especially the Henry VII Chapel, is a series of revisionist narratives. The chapel’s founder, the first Tudor monarch, was making an architectural declaration of the end of the War of the Roses; not only did he have the Tudor rose (red and white petals uniting the roses of Lancaster and York) as the dominant theme of the stained glass and the carvings, but he had his queen, Elizabeth York, buried beside him, stressing the physical union of the Lancasters he represented with the Yorks he displaced, making concrete the indisputable claim of their descendants.
The Elizabeth Icon, 1603-2003 by J. Walker