What’s next…

What is next: sharing my to do list.

1. Go over Hammer’s careful footnotes and identify the primary sources he is using. I am new to these and need to know what is what, so what will follow will be a rough annotated bibliography. I also have to see if I can find out about Bates’ argument that the Lambarde conversation may be a 17th C. fabrication. Hammer had his unpublished paper on this back when he wrote this, and I am wondering if it has ever been published. Anyone know?

2. Plan to eventually continue Alexandra Gajda’s Monograph, The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture. Oxford University Press, 2012. I have already realized that this could be helpful in tracing the various classical and religious influences on Essex and co. I am hoping to find parallels or cruxes with de Vere. How ambitious of me! Wish me not a little luck on that one! I may be in over my head, but I am a strong swimmer. I do realize these are like the Great Barrier reef:  ^ ^ ^ everywhere.

In conjunction with this, I will look at Anthony Bacon’s The State of Christendom, and reading Gajda’s article explaining that treatise.

One observation based on Gajda’s summary of Essex’s life–he had charmed his way back into the Queen’s life several times, including over his secret marriage to Sidney’s widow, Frances Walsiingham, so my interpretation would be that he thought he could do this again. But affairs of State and of the heart, as ever, were vastly different things in ER’s mind, and walking into her chambers and asking her to reconsider the council of Cecil and his other enemies at court while he was holding them prisoner was the worst possible idea. No wonder everyone seemed a little dubious. But what could they do? He was the ranking earl…if diminished significantly to a private status…They had cast their lots. Funny thing how it all worked out favoring James IV / I in the end. Still wondering about the June 24, 1604 rearrest question…

3. I have realized that I should become more than passingly familiar with Stephen May’s edition of de Vere’s and Essex’s Poetry. And it is high time to trace more Oxfordian historiography in my studies.

4. Our library has Hayward’s book, The first and second parts of John Hayward’s “The Life and Raigne of King Henrie IIII” (1599), which Roger suggests that I look at closely (in addition to the trial transcripts for Hayward’s interrogation).  So these are at the top of my list of primary documents that I can access. In the meantime, I found another relevant article, which deals with the issue of popularity and Essex, which came up as I was reading Hammer. Hammer asserts that QE objected to Essex and friends making the earl into a popular figure, a celebrity through various means, which was heretofore her dominant role–she felt this was a great part of Essex’s error and treasonous behavior leading up to the rebellion, and which I see also contributed to the thwarting of his plans. I have to look at the whole series of events leading up to this point, and Hammer’s books about the political machinations that led to Essex’s rise and fall, and others will be of great help with this.

© Michelle Maycock 2014

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