Fêting the Queen
Civic Entertainments and the Elizabethan Progress
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
While previous scholars have studied Elizabeth I and her visits to the homes of influential courtiers, Fêting the Queen places a new emphasis on the civic communities that hosted the monarch and their efforts to secure much needed support. Case studies of the university and cathedral cities of Oxford, Canterbury, Sandwich, Bristol, Worcester, and Norwich focus on the concepts of hospitality and space—including the intimate details of the built environment.
"Adrian's essential contribution is in providing the narrative of these civic occasions, which includes descriptions of the places, processions, sounds, buildings, speeches, landscape, entertainments, participants, and their agendas for the entire visit. With his nuanced analysis of these many perspectives, he invites readers into the experience of a royal civic visit."—Mary Hill Cole, author of The Portable Queen: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Ceremony