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2 (Summer)
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Remembrance in a Gentry Family

Despite the growing acceptance of the notion of a “long” Reformation, studies of the cult of remembrance continue to use the Reformation, and the abolition of purgatory in particular, as a convenient boundary for study. The evidence of the Cave family of Stanford-on-Avon suggests that, although disorientating, the doctrinal change of the mid-sixteenth century was not necessarily a moment of...

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Lost and Found Accounts

With most mid-Tudor noble residences lost and survivors like Chesworth Manor in Horsham, Sussex, much altered and stripped of their contents, recapturing the material culture of nearly five hundred years ago is a daunting task. Inventories occasioned by deaths and attainders help document the lifestyles of the then-rich and famous, including Thomas Howard (1473–1554), third Duke of Norfolk,...

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Kindness of Strangers

This essay discusses the decoration of a Flemish art cabinet gifted by Charles II to his supporter Sir Thomas Myddelton after the Restoration of the monarchy. I analyze how the so-called Chirk Cabinet uses the images of the seven works of mercy and other biblical stories to express Charles’s gratitude to the royalists and to legitimize the restored monarchy. By discussing connections between ...

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Narratives of Sexual Depravity

This article investigates connections between allegations of monastic sexual depravity in printed Continental and English Protestant polemic in the late 1520s and early 1530s, the royal visitation of the English monasteries in 1535/36, and the legitimation of the closure of England’s “lesser” monasteries after 1536. It makes two central claims: first, early English Protestant polemicists,...

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Mannered Gender

Marguerite de Navarre’s final poem, the Miroir de Jhesus Christ crucifié, is a strikingly original iteration of the imitatio Christi genre. Using anatomical blasons to represent Christ and sinner, Marguerite intertwines them in bodies whose unstable gender mirrors the poem’s aesthetics. The present article will explore the consequences of this relationship, first examining the role of the ...

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What the Emperor Knew

The Tafel-Reden of Ferdinand I (1503–64) provide a direct insight into scientific and other matters that the Habsburg emperor had to discuss at court. The document comprises over two hundred pages on topics as diverse as zoology, sexuality, technology, geography, history, and politics. It was recorded by the Saxon physician Johann Neefe (1499–1574) from autumn 1563 until spring 1564 and...

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