'Dedans la plie de mon fidelle affection': Familiarity and Materiality in Elizabeth’s Letters to Anjou

Gibson, Jonathan (2014). 'Dedans la plie de mon fidelle affection': Familiarity and Materiality in Elizabeth’s Letters to Anjou. In: Bajetta, Carlo M.; Coatalen, Guillaume and Gibson, Jonathan eds. Elizabeth I's Foreign Correspondence Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 63–89.

Abstract

This chapter is a detailed analysis of the physical features of six holograph letters written by Elizabeth I to the Duke of Anjou. (New editions and translations of these letters by myself and Guillaume Coatalen appear elsewhere in the book from which this chapter comes.) I show how the these texts function within the genre of the 'familiar letter', mediating a complex political and personal situation for Elizabeth both in their verbal content and through physical markers such as handwriting, paper, folding, sealing and delivery. The chapter ends with full physical descriptions of each of the six letters.

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