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    Fwd d from another list - thought it was of great interest, Astridhr ... Emblems for a Queen: The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots by Michael Bath Paperback
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2008
      Fwd'd from another list - thought it was of great interest,
      Astridhr
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      Emblems for a Queen: The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots by Michael Bath
      Paperback 208 Pages. 130 Colour, 42 Half Tone Illustrations
      ISBN: 9781904982364£29.50 / List price $60.00

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      http://www.archetype.co.uk/bookdetail.asp?ISBNnum=9781904982364
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      The many pieces of embroidery by Mary Queen of
      Scots or by Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury
      (‘Bess of Hardwick’) are among the best-known and
      most fascinating examples of historical
      embroidery. However, many questions surrounding
      their meaning and purpose – and, above all, the
      sources and patterns used for their imagery
      (including birds, fish, flowers, monograms,
      emblems and other devices) – remain unanswered.

      In 1548, the five-year-old Queen of Scots left
      her native Scotland to begin her French
      upbringing as the future Queen of France and it
      was here that she learned the art of decorative
      needlework, continuing with the craft during the
      last twenty years of her exile and confinement in England.

      Many of her embroideries have survived and can be
      seen at Oxburgh Hall (Norfolk), the Victoria and
      Albert Museum and elsewhere, but many more have
      since disappeared. In this new study Michael Bath
      not only describes and illustrates the surviving
      embroideries, but also documents from early
      records a large number of those that have disappeared.

      Many of these embroidered panels use emblems,
      combining a symbolic image with a learned adage,
      and Professor Bath shows how, in their own day,
      these were believed to hold moral, political and
      religious messages which expressed the Catholic
      queen’s values, purposes and intentions. For this
      reason we find records of them in the forgotten
      files of the Elizabethan secret services. Mary’s
      emblematic embroideries shed new light on issues
      surrounding one of the most controversial figures
      in English and Scottish history. At the same
      time, this new study shows exactly what sources –
      prints, engravings, book illustrations – the
      embroiderers drew on for their patterns, and it
      includes the first full catalogue raisonné of all
      the known embroideries created by these two remarkable women.

      CONTENTS
      Mary Queen of Scots: Timeline of Key Events
      List of Illustrations
      Illustration Credits
      Acknowledgements

      Chapter 1 The Embroideries
      Chapter 2 Emblems
      Chapter 3 Incriminating Emblems
      Chapter 4 Birds and Beasts
      Chapter 5 The Language of Flowers

      Catalogue of the Embroideries:
      Appendix 1 The Oxburgh Hangings
      Appendix 2 The Oxburgh Valance
      Appendix 3 Two Hardwick Cushion Covers
      Appendix 4 The Hardwick Octagons
      Appendix 5 Detached Panels
      Appendix 6 Mary’s Bed of State: Collated Entries
      from Four Early Descriptions of Bed Hangings no Longer Extant
      Notes
      Bibliography
      Index
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