The King's Bedpost: Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait

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CUP Archive, 1993 - History - 267 pages
The King's Bedpost is a lavishly-illustrated detective story about a painting. Edward VI and the Pope is an important and fascinating visual allegory of the Reformation; but when and why was it painted? Following up a sequence of clues to answer these questions, the author embarks on a fascinating and unusual voyage of historical exploration that takes the reader into book illustration and scriptural iconography, Tudor religion and politics, anti-papal propaganda and iconoclastic manoeuvres. The discovery of previously unrecognised pictorial sources conclusively re-dates the painting, and opens a wide-ranging discussion of art and image-making under Edward VI and Elizabeth I. A large and varied cast of characters joins the Tudor monarchs as the tale unfolds and the painting ultimately becomes the key to a series of hitherto locked doors.
 

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Contents

and Heemskerck 67 Bedpost and Column 82
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The Idolatry of Rome 94 Elizabeth
103
Tudor Group Portraits 128 The Falling Pope 135
135
John Foxe and The Acts and Monuments of 157o 149
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Marcus Gheeraerts the elder 167 Hadrianus Junius 176
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Junius Heemskerck and Elizabeth 185 Junius Foxe
200
Conclusion
215
List of illustrations
250
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