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"Wholly abandoned of human virtue and devoted to wickedness": the figure of the Monstrous Favourite in gossip, rumour and libel in Renaissance England, 1558-1628
thesisposted on 2022-03-29, 00:04 authored by John McCready-Huntsman
The close relationships royal favourites had with their monarchs granted them significant influence and power. As the privileges these men received evoked the disapproval and envy of the other courtiers and noblemen, gossip and rumours about the relationship these men had with their monarch soon spread throughout the royal court and the kingdom. This thesis will focus on the male favourites of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I by tracing how these men were represented in gossip and rumours. I will concentrate on the development of what I term the figure of the 'monstrous favourite' and demonstrate that despite them being different men, of different characters, living in different times, under different monarchs, they were all depicted in similar ways with the same character traits being applied to them.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Here Be Monsters -- Chapter One: "The lord of all affairs and of the Queen's person." The figure of the royal favourite in the Elizabethan Court -- Chapter Two: Devilish and Diabolical: The figure of the favourite in the Jacobean Court -- Chapter Three: This Monster of a Man: The figure of the monstrous favourite in libels -- Conclusion.
NotesTheoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 67-83
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of, Department of
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Modern History, Politics and International Relations
Year of Award2018
Principal SupervisorClare Monagle
RightsCopyright John McCready-Huntsman 2018 Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Extent1 online resource (iii, 83 pages)
Former Identifiersmq:71842 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1278664