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“By instruments her powers appeare”: Music and authority in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I*

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Queen Elizabeth I’s musical talents and the elaborate music of her courtly entertainments are widely acknowledged. However, while the effect of Elizabeth’s gender on her authority as a ruler has been the subject of much historical research, the impact of this musical activity on the creation and representation of her authority has not been recognized. Gender stereotypes were both exploited and subverted as music became a symbol and tool of Elizabeth’s queenship. Poets and courtiers drew inspi...

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10.1086/667255

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Oxford, HUM, Music Faculty
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Renaissance Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
65
Issue:
2
Pages:
353-384
Publication date:
2012-06-05
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0034-4338 and 1935-0236
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pubs:349449
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