By J. Walker
Surveying four-hundred years of British background, Walker examines how the reminiscence - the icon - of Queen Elizabeth has been used as a marker for Englishness in disputes political and social, in paintings, 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 strong because the concept of Englishness turns into extra arbitrary.
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Helen Hackett argues that she is going to surpass the limitations of Yates and Roy Strong in their analyses of the relationship between the Cult of the Virgin and the Cult of Elizabeth, but that she will to do so by concentrating on the “literary evidence” of that misinterpreted conflation. 60 Reading the memorials to Elizabeth in London parish churches requires both kinds of literacy – that of the word and that of the symbolic use of sacred space. The question of the relationship between the images of and references to the Virgin Mary and the images of and references to Queen Elizabeth in London churches is not necessarily an either/or proposition.
Translated from the Latin in which they appear and with modernized spelling, we can read James’ commissioned inscription. 1057/9780230288836 - The Elizabeth Icon, 1603-2003, Julia M. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-24 36 1603–1620: The Shadow of the Rainbow 37 of Religion and Learning; For a perfect skill in very many Languages, for glorious Endowments, as well of mind as body, and for Regal Virtues beyond her Sex James, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, heir of the virtues and the reign, piously erects this good monument At her feet: Sacred unto Memory: Religion to its primitive sincerity restored, Peace thoroughly settled, Coin to the true value refined, Rebellion at home extinguished, France near ruin by intestine mischiefs relieved, Netherland supported, Spaines Armada vanquished, Ireland with Spaniards expulsion, and Traitors correction quieted, both Universities Revenues, by a Law of Provision, exceedingly augmented, Finally, all England enriched, and 45.
James was placing his own mother in a line of fruitful dynasty, while Elizabeth and her equally childless sister were isolated from the line of inherited power. By his placement of Mary Stuart in line with Henry VII’s mother Margaret Beaufort, James foregrounds the claim of the Queen of Scots to the throne upon which Elizabeth sat. Mary Stuart was the unquestionably legitimate great-granddaughter of Henry VII; Elizabeth had at one time been declared illegitimate by her own father and was always considered illegitimate by all Catholics.
The Elizabeth Icon, 1603-2003 by J. Walker