A Critical Edition and Discussion of SP 70/2 f.94: A Letter and Two Sonnets by Celio Magno to Queen Elizabeth I

  • Carlo M. Bajetta
  • Guillaume Coatalen
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


A fairly long congratulatory letter in Italian on Elizabeth I’s accession to the throne dated 3 February 1559 followed by two previously unknown sonnets in her praise, also in Italian, by Celio Magno (1536–1602), have survived in the State Papers (SP 70/2 f.94). The document deserves to be edited for several reasons. Firstly, the sonnets may be added to the Venitian poet’s canon. Secondly, Celio Magno was a high-ranking politician and diplomat and the manuscript offers fascinating information on the precise relationships between the Republic of Venice and the queen at the very beginning of her reign, a crucial and relatively under-researched period. Finally, the letter and sonnets contribute to a better understanding of the queen’s representation abroad and more specifically in Italy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo M. Bajetta
    • 1
  • Guillaume Coatalen
    • 2
  1. 1.Università della Valle d’Aosta - Université de la Vallée d’AosteAostaItaly
  2. 2.University of Cergy-PontoiseParisFrance

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