In another change to the April lecture, it will now be given by branch secretary, Jenni Hyde. ‘No Lion Wilde, a Lion Tame: Popular Depictions of Mary I‘ . This paper has brought together the first complete collection of extant Marian ballads which refer to Queen Mary I. Using this evidence, the illustrated lecture will examine Mary’s image as a Catholic monarch and the contrast of anti-catholic and anti-Hispanic feeling linked to her marriage to Philip of Spain. There is no direct evidence to link these ballads to court propaganda, so the paper will contend that they are instead evidence of popular views of a female monarch. It will argue that there was a contemporary perception that ephemera such as ballads could influence the opinion of their audience, and compare the evidence provided by the songs to the received view that ‘Bloody Mary’ failed to harness the support of her subjects.
Jenni Hyde is a postgraduate research student at the University of Manchester, pursuing an interdisciplinary project on the English ballads of the mid-Tudor period as historical evidence, under the supervision of branch Vice-President, Dr Glyn Redworth. As a qualified music teacher who is training for her ABRSM Diploma as a soprano, the project combines her musical skills with her expertise in history. A Trustee of the Historical Association, Jenni is secretary of the Bolton branch and works mainly from home using digital archives including EEBO, ECCO, EBBA and Allegro.
- English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA at UCSB) (earlymodernonlinebib.wordpress.com)