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Title: The Wardrobe Goods of Anna of Denmark, Queen Consort of Scotland and England (1574-1619)
Authors: Field, J
Keywords: Anna of Denmark;Early seventeenth-century female clothing;Inventory;Gift exchange;Portraiture;Masque
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Citation: Costume, 2017, 51 (1), pp. 3 - 27 (24)
Abstract: This article analyses and transcribes an inventory of the wardrobe goods of Anna of Denmark, queen consort of Scotland and England, which was compiled in 1608, and annotated up to and including 1611. The inventory reveals the types of goods that Anna owned, the movement of garments between residences, her involvement in the politicised custom of gift exchange, and the concept of her appearance as a point of diplomacy. Arguing that Anna’s visual appearance was considered and strategic, it further discredits her narrow, and largely negative historiography, which has routinely cast her as a recklessly indulgent and fanciful queen. Anna’s tactical visual emulation of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), pointed use of recognisable pieces of inherited jewellery, and politically significant colours of dress are discussed.
ISSN: 0590-8876
Appears in Collections:Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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