The Passage of Queen Elizabeth

The narrative, whose full title is much longer, was written by Richard Mulcaster and describes the passage of Queen Elizabeth from the Tower, where English monarchs traditionally stayed before their coronation, to Westminster through the joyful London. The author emphasizes that Elizabeth is very gracious to everyone who approaches her litter, whether to give her some flowers or present a plea. The sixteenth century was apparently not so obsessed about security of the heads of states. In the Cheapside she is greeted by the representative of the City of London who hands her a crimson bag full of golden coins and makes some speeches praising her. Mulcaster also emphasizes Elizabeth’s Protestant piety: when she leaves the Tower, she makes a prayer, thanking God for delivering her like Daniel out of the mouth of lions. The prayer is quoted in its entirety, although I am not sure if Mulcaster had such a phonographic memory or improvised a bit (probably the latter, as putting speeches in the mouths of famous figures was a generally accepted practice). When another delegation hands her the English Bible (I wonder which translation? The Geneva Bible, most probably), she kisses it and lays it reverently upon her breast, thus signifying her allegiance to Protestantism.

Elizabeth in her coronation robes, via Wikimedia Commons


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