Epilogue: “Publica si domini regerent moderamina cunni”: Deciphering Queenship and Counsel
This conclusion picks up on a theme running through the volume—that of the secretive or encoded nature of counsel in the context of queenship—and explores how this plays out in the visual and illustrative counsel of Early Modern Europe. Examining emblems, woodcuts and especially the frontispiece of John Dee’s Generall and Rare Memorials pertayning to the Perfect Arte of Navigation (1577), Joanne Paul demonstrates how symbols and visual references were used to encode counsel about and for queens. She argues that investigating the relationship between queenship and counsel in this period challenges existing understandings of what constitutes “the political”, by expanding the focus to symbol, performance, rhetoric, wardrobe, architecture and other media for counsel about politics.
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