Title page for ETD etd-11142006-155008

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Reynolds, Kimberly Kay
URN etd-11142006-155008
Title All the World's a Stage: Pageantry as Propaganda at the Court of Elizabeth I, 1558-1569
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Victor L. Stater Committee Chair
Christine J. Kooi Committee Member
Suzanne L. Marchand Committee Member
  • Britain
  • Elizabeth I
  • Tudor propaganda
  • progresses
  • masques
  • plays
  • coronation procession
  • Cult of Gloriana
Date of Defense 2006-11-07
Availability unrestricted
Elizabeth I of England was one of the most celebrated monarchs in history. Authors, playwrights, and artists venerated her in their art. At her accession, however, her subjects were unsure about their new queen. She was an illegitimate female ruling a religiously divided kingdom. In response to this, Elizabeth and her council initiated a propaganda campaign that created an image of Elizabeth as a wise, just, and well-beloved ruler. This thesis will examine Elizabeth’s coronation procession, the performance of plays and masques at court, and the queen’s annual progresses to show how Elizabeth and her subjects used drama, pageantry, and spectacle to communicate with each other, laying the foundation for the Cult of Gloriana.
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