"A mercer ye wot az we be": The authorship of the Kenilworth Letter reconsidered
Goldring, Elizabeth. (2008) "A mercer ye wot az we be": The authorship of the Kenilworth Letter reconsidered. English Literary Renaissance, Vol.38 (No.2). pp. 245-269. ISSN 0013-8312Full text not available from this repository.
The authorship of the Kenilworth Letter, an account of the festivities staged at Kenilworth Castle during Queen Elizabeth I's 1575 progress, has long been a matter of debate, with some scholars suggesting that the work was a pseudonymous hoax foisted upon an unwitting Robert Langham. New findings, together with a re-examination of the existing evidence, suggest the following: first, that the Letter began life as a bona fide missive from Langham to his fellow mercer Humphrey Martin, which, though envisioned for circulation in manuscript, was almost certainly not - in the first instance at least - intended for publication; and second, that William Patten, to whom the Letter sometimes has been attributed in the past, may have been instrumental in the initial efforts to print the work, albeit without Langham's knowledge or permission. Also considered is the wider context of Elizabethan mercery, with particular reference to the close (but often overlooked) political, economic, and cultural ties between the court and the City of London. In addition, this article explores the extent to which the Letter offers a reliable guide to the people, places, and events it describes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PR English literature
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||English Literary Renaissance|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 245-269|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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