Sederi 27 — 2017
Francisco J. Borge López
María José Mora
Valerie Schutte, “Perceptions of sister queens: A comparison of printed book dedications to Mary and Elizabeth Tudor.” SEDERI 27 (2017): 149–166.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34136/sederi.2017.7 Download PDF
Comparisons of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, sister queens of England, have become popular in the last decade as scholars have realized the impact of Mary on Elizabeth’s queenship. To further that comparison, this essay likens printed book dedications to Mary and Elizabeth before each woman became queen and during their first five (or only five) years as queens. This essay argues that dedications to the Tudor sister queens show that these two women were perceived more commonly than has previously been recognized. By exploring these book dedications, it becomes evident that dedications were central to contemporary perceptions of what authors and translators thought Mary and Elizabeth would be interested in reading and passing along to their subjects along with what dedications thought the sister queens should be reading so as to be persuaded in different directions.
Keywords: Queen Mary I; Queen Elizabeth I; Tudor; book dedications; John Proctor; John Foxe; Laurence Humphrey.
London, British Library (BL), Royal MS 5 E XVII
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