Article

Decoding Misfortunes: Advice to Elizabeth I and Her Subjects

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Citation

Wallace L (2021) Decoding Misfortunes: Advice to Elizabeth I and Her Subjects. Early Theatre, 24 (2), pp. 171-186. https://doi.org/10.12745/et.24.2.4887

Abstract
This article positions Misfortunes within the context of drama and literature offered as counsel. Such contextualization demonstrates that the play drew upon Senecan drama, mirror for princes texts, and the Inns play Gorboduc in order to more authoritatively offer counsel about counsel itself to Elizabeth I, her court, and readers of the play in print. Considering both Misfortunes's wider circulation in print and in a recent performance by The Dolphin's Back, this article argues that the play's counsel had value beyond its application to the queen. We can fully decode the play's political messages only by looking across these different contexts.

Keywords
Arthur; Misfortunes of Arthur; Inns of Court; Counsel

Journal
Early Theatre: Volume 24, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online31/12/2021
Date accepted by journal17/12/2021
ISSN1206-9078
eISSN2293-7609

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Miss Lorna Wallace
Miss Lorna Wallace

PhD Researcher, Literature and Languages - Division