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Elizabeth Russell's textual performances of self

Malay, Jessica L. (2006) Elizabeth Russell's textual performances of self. Comitatus, 37. pp. 146-168. ISSN 1557-0290

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Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (b. 1528) was a scholar and courtier
whose close association with the powerful Cecils allowed her a great
deal of influence in the political arena during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Her first husband was Sir Thomas Hoby, a scholar and diplomat. Together
they had four children: Edward, a successful courtier under
James I; Thomas Posthumous, who was to serve successfully as a representative
of the government in regional affairs in East Yorkshire; and
two daughters, Anne and Elizabeth, who died in childhood.

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Additional Information: UoA 57 (English Language and Literature) Reproduced by kind permission of UCLA © The Author
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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1 Conyer Read, Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth (London 1962) 87.
2 Thomas Hoby, A Booke of the Travaile and Lief of Thomas Hoby, ed. Edgar Powell.
Publications of the Camden Society, Third Series 4 (1902) 126.3 Ibid. 127.
4 Ibid. 127.5 Lynette McGrath, Subjectivity and Women’s Poetry in Early Modern England (Burlington,
VT 2002) 11–12.
6 Patricia Yaeger, Honey-Mad Women: Emancipatory Strategies in Women’s Writing
(New York 1988) 252–253.
7 Pierre Bourdieu, Language and Symbolic Power (Cambridge 1991) 236.8 Margaret Whinney, Sculpture in Britain 1530–1830 (Harmondsworth, Middlesex
1964) 9.
9 Jean d’Humières (d. 1550) served as chamberlain to Francis I and later his son Henri
II of France. He also served as lieutenant general in Piedmont and Savoy.
10 Sylva, Bartholo, Giardino Cosmografico Coltivato, Cambridge, MS. CUL Ii.5.37.
11 A manuscript which allows a clear attribution of the English elegy in the center of
the tomb chest (beginning “Two worthy Knights”) to Thomas Sackville has recently
come to light. See Jessica L. Malay, “Thomas Sackville’s Elegy to Thomas and Philip
Hoby: the Rediscovery of a Draft Manuscript,” forthcoming. This manuscript has now
been acquired by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. Eng. c. 7065, fols. 124–125.12 Translated in Louise Schleiner, Tudor and Stuart Women Writers (Bloomington
1994) 208. All Eng. translations of Russell’s Greek and Latin tomb inscriptions are
Schleiner’s; page nos. are given within the text. Tomb inscriptions in English are quoted
from the tombs themselves.13 Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier by Count Baldassare Castiglione,
trans. Thomas Hoby (1561; London 1948) 190.14 Elizabeth Tudor, “Letter to Elizabeth Hoby,” quoted in G. B. Harrison, ed., Letters
of Queen Elizabeth (London 1935) 48–49. A copy of this letter purporting to be from the
original can be found in T. Baker Collectanea Oxoniensia, Harley MS 7035, British Lib.,
London. fol. 161.15 William Murdin ed., A Collection of State Papers Relating to Affairs in the Reign of
Queen Elizabeth From the Year 1571–1596 (London 1759) 761–762.
16 Calendar of State Papers Foreign, 1566–1568, ed. James Crosby Allan (London
1871) 106.
17 Patricia Phillippy, Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England
(Cambridge 2002) 181 18 Helen Hackett, Virgin Mother, Maiden Queen: Elizabeth I and the Cult of the Virgin
Mary (London 1995) 50; John Alymer, An Harborowe for Faithfull and Trewe Subjects
(London 1559) N4v, Q3v.19 Hackett (n. 18) 9.
20 Roy Strong, Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I (London 1987) 83.
21 Ibid. 83.
22 Cecil Papers, Calendar of the MS of the most Honourable the Marquis of Salisbury,
24 vols. (London 1889) 4.362.23 W. J. Loftie, A Brief Account of Westminster Abbey (London 1894) 33.24 Margaret Hoby, The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady: The Diary of Lady
Margaret Hoby 1599–1605, ed. Joanne Moody (Stroud, Gloucestershire 1998) 127.25 Anne Clifford, The Diaries of Anne Clifford, ed. D. J. H. Clifford (Stroud,
Gloucestershire 1990) 29.
26John Harington, Commentary, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso: Translated Into
English Heroical Verse by Sir John Harington 159, ed. Robert McNulty (Oxford1972)
434.
27 John Nichols, ed., The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth (London
1823) 3.130. All references to this entertainment are given within the text.28 Alexandra F. Johnston, “The ‘Lady of the farme’: The context of Lady Russell’s
Entertainment of Elizabeth at Bisham, 1592,” Early Theatre 5 (2002) 71–85.
29 Thomas Hoby, The Book of the Courtier by Count Baldassare Castiglione Done
into English by Sir Thomas Hoby, Anno 1561 (London 1928 )189–190.30 Thomas Hoby, prefatory letter to Henry Hastings, The Book of the Courtier, ibid. 6.
31 Harrison, Letters of Queen Elizabeth (n. 14 above) 49.32 Elizabeth Russell, dedication, John Polet, A Way of Reconciliation (London 1605);
facs. ed. Protestant Translators: Anne Lock Prowse and Elizabeth Russell, ed. Betty S.
Travitsky and Patrick Cullen (Burlington, VT 2001) A2r. All subsequent references to
this preface are given in the text.33Felicity Heal, “Reputation and Honour in Court and Country: Lady Elizabeth Russell
and Sir Thomas Hoby,” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser. 6.
(1996) 167.
34 A discussion of the ways in which these sisters participated in the religious debates
of the period can be found in Schleiner (n. 12 above) 30–51.35 Ibid. 39.
36 Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (Chicago 1980) 162.
37 This tomb can still be found in All Saints, Bisham, in Berkshire near Bisham
Abbey.38 Sarah Tarlow, Bereavement and Commemoration: An Archeology of Mortality (Oxford
1999) 87.

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