Identifier

etd-03312015-092659

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

History

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The reign of Elizabeth I of England is one of the most celebrated reigns in history and is renowned for the renaissance of the arts, theater, and culture. Authors, playwrights, and artists venerated her in their art in what became known as the Cult of Gloriana. At her accession, however, her position was far from secure. Many considered her illegitimate and she was a female entering a male-dominated world. In addition, Elizabeth inherited a religiously divided nation. In response to this, Elizabeth and her councilors initiated a propaganda campaign that created an image of Elizabeth as a wise, just, and well-beloved ruler. This dissertation will examine the growing use of pageantry utilized by sixteenth-century rulers, the legacy of the English queens who preceded Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s coronation procession, the evolution of the royal court, the performance of plays and masques at court, and the queen’s annual progresses to show how Elizabeth, her council, and her subjects used pageantry and spectacle to communicate with each other on the important issues of the day.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Stater, Victor

Included in

History Commons

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