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Fri, Sep 09


Richmond Library Annexe

Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship

This lecture (timed close to her birthday) looks at the queen's use of art, as a powerful device for propaganda, while the cult of Gloriana revered her as a goddess. A large part of Elizabeth's legacy is her captivating image!

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Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship
Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship

Time & Location

Sep 09, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1

Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK


About the Event

Art was a powerful device for royal magnificence and propaganda but a mere likeness of Elizabeth I would never be sufficient. Her portraits increasingly relied on glittering jewels, gowns, and accessories while the ‘Cult of Gloriana’ revered her as a virgin goddess. It was an idea sustained by public spectacle, chivalry, sonnets and oration. The Queen’s long reign provided peace and stability, allowing the arts to flourish so that the Elizabethan era would prove to be a ‘Golden Age’. Successive periods in history have invested her reign with significance and a large part of her legacy is her captivating image.

delivered by Siobhan Clarke

This talk will be delivered as a hybrid lecture (in person + online)

When joining in person, please come to:

The Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH

We urge you to read the COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment, which is part of our Booking terms and conditions and cancellation policy

When joining online please make sure to log on 10 min before the start of the talks should you be joining online. Please note that once you pay you will get an email confirming your payment and a link. If you haven't received anything please check your spam or junk folder, or email us - well in advance - and we will manually send you the link. 

This talk will be delivered in Zoom Meeting. This means your camera and microphone are on upon joining. You are welcome to either turn things off or join the discussion before and after the talk. Please mute yourself during the lecture.

A recording will be made of this event and can be bought separately after the event has taken place.

The book Gloriana: Elizabeth I and the Art of Queenship, by Siobhan can be bought here.


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