Literary Gifts: Performance and Collaboration in the Arundel/Lumley Family Manuscripts

  • Alexandra DayEmail author
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


This chapter argues that the manuscript gift volumes presented to the Earl of Arundel by his children in the 1550s and preserved in the family library are rhetorically and materially significant artifacts. These literary gifts, written in Latin by John Radcliffe, Mary Howard, and Jane Lumley, style and stage their own collaborative production in multiple, overlapping and sometimes contradictory ways. Political, familial, and scholarly relations are all foregrounded in the volumes’ dedicatory epistles and in the play of associations deployed humanist scholarship, material economies, gender, and even family are exposed as complex performances which, together, defy the simplistic connotations of these manuscripts as simply schoolroom texts.


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  1. 1.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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