'The Kynge sent to the Qwene, by a Gentylman, a grett tame Hart.' marriage, gift exchange, and politics: Margaret Tudor and James IV, 1502-1513

Lorna G. Barrow

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Abstract

When John Younge, Somerset Herald, recorded the 1502 political marriage of Margaret Tudor, a young English princess, and James IV, a mature Scottish king, his intention was to have this momentous occasion remembered by future generations. The ceremonies and pageants associated with the royal wedding can be interpreted as a series of complex gift exchanges, including that of the princess as a supreme gift. Connected with the concept of the princess as a gift is the present of a hart the king sent her as she entered Edinburgh. Incorporating religious, mythical, historical, and literary views with anthropological ideas associated with that gift shifts the emphasis and the significance of the marriage onto the stage of sixteenth-century Anglo-Scottish politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalParergon
Volume21
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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