Sederi Yearbook 31

Sederi 30
Sederi 31 — 2021
Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Marta Cerezo Moreno
Isabel Guerrero Llorente
Miguel Ramalhete
ISSN 1135-7789


Valerie Schutte, “A ballad of treason for Queen Mary I’s accession.” SEDERI 31 (2021): 145–158.


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A ninuectyue agaynst Treason is a ballad that was printed upon Queen Mary I’s accession. It is comprised of fourteen stanzas; the first ten each have seven lines, and the last four are only four lines each. The ballad is not so much celebratory of the new Queen Mary, but a lesson or warning about the dangers of acting against a Tudor monarch.

Keywords: Queen Mary I; ballad; treason; accession; John Dudley; Duke of Northumberland.




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Goreti, Leonard. 1554. Oratio Leonhardi Goretii Equitis Poloni de matrimonio serenissimi ac potentissi, serenissimae potentissimaeque Dei gratia Regis ac Reginae Angliae, Hispaniae & Ad populum principesque Angliae. London: William Powell. STC 12090.

Martyr d’Anghiera, Peter. 1555. The decades of the newe worlde or west India conteynyng the nauigations and conquests of the Spanyardes, with the particular description of the moste ryche and large lands and ilands lately founde in the west ocean perteynyng to the inheritaunce of the kinges of Spayne, Richard Eden, trans. London: William Powell. STC 645.

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