• Gender and Politics in the Henrician Court: The Douglas-Howard Lyrics in the Devonshire Manuscript (BL Add 17492)

    Author(s):
    Bradley Irish (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    British History, LLC 16th-Century English
    Subject(s):
    Renaissance poetry, Manuscript studies, Women writers, Renaissance English literature, 16th-century literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    English poetry, court
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6Z56T
    Abstract:
    BL Additional MS 17492, the so-called Devonshire Manuscript of Henrician courtly verse, is a prime example of how social and cultural phenomena contributed to early modern manuscript culture. Among the treasures of the Devonshire MS is a series of lyrics that chronicles a fascinating courtly intrigue of the 1530s: the illicit, clandestine marriage of Lord Thomas Howard and Lady Margaret Douglas, the headstrong niece of Henry VIII. After unpacking this historical drama, this essay advances the first substantial literary analysis of these poems by exploring the textual strategies through which Howard and Douglas attempted to negotiate the crown’s insistent management of their erotic life. This treatment of the Douglas-Howard lyrics provides new opportunity to consider how the Devonshire MS reflects and refracts the gender dynamics of the contemporary Henrician court.
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