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Dr Elizabeth Goldring, FRHistS. (MA, MPhil, PhD Yale)

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Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

e-mail: e.goldring@warwick.ac.uk

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My work is interdisciplinary, often straddling the boundaries between literature, history, and art history. Areas of particular interest include: 16th- and 17th- century court culture; England and the Continental Renaissance; and the reception of Tudor art and literature from the 17th century to the present. Virtually all of my publications are manuscript-based and rooted in archival discoveries. Recent books include Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (Yale University Press, 2014), which won the Bainton Prize for Art History, and, as General Editor, John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources (Oxford University Press, 2014), which won the Bainton Prize for Reference, the MLA Prize for a Scholarly Edition, and was named a TLS 'Book of the Year'.

My latest book, Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (Yale University Press, 2019), is an illustrated biography of the first British artist to achieve international fame in his own lifetime. Published to mark the 400th anniversary of Hilliard's death - and to coincide with the exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver at the National Portrait Gallery, London - my book follows Hilliard from the West Country to the heart of court life, where he decisively shaped the images of the monarchs he served, most notably Elizabeth I. Over the coming months, I look forward to discussing Hilliard's life and art with Andrew Marr on Radio 4's 'Start the Week' (18 February 2019) and in several public lectures, including at Goldsmiths' Hall, London (21 January 2019), the Philip Mould Gallery, London (20 March 2019), the Art Fund/Society of Antiquaries, London (26 March 2019), the National Portrait Gallery, London (28 March 2019), Gray's Inn, London (10 April 2019), the National Archives, Kew (7 May 2019), the Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (24 May 2019), the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (11 June 2019), the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London (26 June 2019), the Society of Jewellery Historians Annual Conference, London (29 June 2019), the Society for the History of Collecting AGM, London (18 September 2019), the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (15 October 2019), and the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (5 February 2020). You can read more about my work on Hilliard in recent blogs for Yale Books, the National Archives, and the Campaign for the American Reader - and also in an interview published in the April 2019 issue of BBC History Magazine. On 15 October 2019, I shall be unveiling a plaque in the centre of Exeter marking the fact that Hilliard was born in the city.

I am committed to making history accessible to the widest possible audience. I have served as a consultant to numerous arts organisations, including the BBC, which I have advised on several television documentaries, and English Heritage, which I have advised on a number of projects, including the re-creation of the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (opened 2009) and the semi-permanent exhibition 'Queen and Castle: Robert Dudley's Kenilworth' (opened 2006). I have also had the pleasure of discussing my research on Radio 3's Hark! An Acoustic Archaeology of Elizabethan England (which won the Prix Marulic) and on BBC 2 and BBC 4, most recently on Lucy Worsley's Fireworks for a Tudor Queen. Over the years, my archival discoveries have been profiled in the national news sections of The Independent and The Guardian, among other newspapers.

 

BOOKS WRITTEN AND EDITED

Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (Yale University Press/The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2019).

[SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2019 RICHARD SCHLAGMAN ART BOOK AWARD - 'BEST CONTRIBUTION TO ART HISTORY']

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I (Yale University Press/The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2014).

[WINNER OF THE 2015 ROLAND H. BAINTON PRIZE FOR ART HISTORY]

[LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2015 WILLIAM M. B. BERGER PRIZE FOR BRITISH ART]

General Editor, John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, 5 vols (Oxford University Press, 2014).

[WINNER OF THE 2015 ROLAND H. BAINTON PRIZE FOR REFERENCE WORKS]

[WINNER OF THE 2015 MLA PRIZE FOR A SCHOLARLY EDITION]

[A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' - 2015]

Co-Editor, The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court (Manchester University Press, 2011; paperback edition, 2013).

[WILDY & SONS 'BOOK OF THE MONTH' - FEBRUARY 2011]

Co-Editor, The Progresses, Pageants, and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback edition, 2013).

[LONG-LISTED FOR THE 2007 WILLIAM M. B. BERGER PRIZE FOR BRITISH ART]

Associate General Editor, Europa Triumphans: Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe, 2 vols (Ashgate Press, 2004).

Co-Editor, Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics, and Performance (Ashgate Press, 2002).

Co-Editor, James Boswell's Life of Johnson: An Edition of the Original Manuscript in Four Volumes, vol. 2: 1766-1776 (Yale University Press/Edinburgh University Press, 1998).

JOURNAL ARTICLES

'Elizabeth in Essex,' Historic Gardens Review, 34 (July 2016), pp. 16-21.

'Gascoigne and Kenilworth: The Production, Reception, and Afterlife of The Princely Pleasures,' ELR: English Literary Renaissance, 44.3 (2014), pp. 363-87.

'A Portrait of Sir Philip Sidney by Veronese at Leicester House, London,' The Burlington Magazine, 154 (2012), pp. 548-54.

(co-author) 'The John Nichols Project,' Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 24 (2011), pp. 58-79.

'"A mercer ye wot az we be": The Authorship of the Kenilworth Letter Reconsidered,' ELR: English Literary Renaissance, 38.2 (2008), pp. 245-69.

'The Earl of Leicester's Inventory of Kenilworth Castle, c.1578,' English Heritage Historical Review, 2 (2007), pp. 36-59.

'"So lively a portraiture of his miseries": Melancholy, Mourning, and the Elizabethan Malady,' The British Art Journal, 6.2 (2005), pp. 12-22.

'Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester for Kenilworth Castle,' The Burlington Magazine, 148 (2005), pp. 654-60.

'The Earl of Leicester and Portraits of the duc d'Alencon,' The Burlington Magazine, 146 (2004), pp. 108-11.

'An Important Early Picture Collection: The Earl of Pembroke's 1561/2 Inventory and the Provenance of Holbein's Christina of Denmark,' The Burlington Magazine, 144 (2002), pp. 157-60.

BOOK CHAPTERS

'Patronage and Art Collecting in Shakespeare's England,' in The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare, edited by R. Malcolm Smuts (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 704-23.

'Heraldic Painting and Drawing in Early Modern England,' in Painting in Britain, 1500-1630: Production, Influences, and Patronage, edited by Tarnya Cooper, Aviva Burnstock, Maurice Howard, and Edward Town (Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2015), pp. 262-77.

'The Sidneys and the Visual Arts,' in The Ashgate Research Companion to the Sidneys, 1500-1700, edited by Margaret P. Hannay, Michael G. Brennan, and Mary Ellen Lamb, 2 vols (Ashgate Press, 2015), vol. 1, pp. 297-315.

'Princely Pleasures: The Cultural Patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester,' in The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle, edited by Anna Keay and John Watkins (English Heritage, 2013), pp. 47-56.

'The Langham Letter as a Source for Garden History,' in The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle, edited by Anna Keay and John Watkins (English Heritage, 2013), pp. 59-64.

'The Politics of Translation: Arthur Golding's Account of the Duke of Anjou's Entry into Antwerp, 1582,' in Writing Royal Entries in Early Modern Europe, edited by Marie-Claude Canova-Green and Jean Andrews, with Marie-France Wagner (Brepols, 2013), pp. 225-43.

(co-author) 'Shows and Pageants,' in The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles, edited by Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, and Felicity Heal (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 319-35.

'The Art, Architecture, and Gardens of the Early Modern Inns of Court,' in The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, edited by Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight (Manchester University Press, 2011; paperback edition published 2013), pp. 127-37.

‘“So iust a sorrowe so well expressed”: Henry, Prince of Wales and the Art of Commemoration’, in Prince Henry Reviv’d: Image and Exemplarity in Early Modern England, edited by Timothy Wilks (Paul Holberton Publishing, 2007), pp. 280-300.

‘“In the cause of his God and true religion”: Sir Philip Sidney, the Sequitur celebritas and the Cult of the Protestant Martyr’, in Art Re-formed: Re-assessing the Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts, edited by Tara Hamling and Richard L. Williams (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), pp. 227-42.

‘Portraiture, Patronage and the Progresses: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the Kenilworth Festivities of 1575’, in The Progresses, Pageants and Entertainments of Queen Elizabeth I, edited by Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight (Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback edition published 2013), pp. 163-88.

‘The Funeral of Sir Philip Sidney and the Politics of Elizabethan Festival’, in Court Festivals of the European Renaissance: Art, Politics and Performance, edited by J. R. Mulryne and Elizabeth Goldring (Ashgate Press, 2002), pp. 199-224.  

SCHOLARLY EDITIONS OF SIXTEENTH- AND SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY TEXTS

In John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources, Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, and Jayne Elisabeth Archer (gen. eds.), 5 vols (Oxford University Press, 2014):

  • George Gascoigne, Princeley Pleasures at the Courte at Kenelwoorth [vol. 2, pp. 231-87]
  • Robert Langham, Letter Whearin, part of the entertainment untoo the Queenz Majesty, at Killingworth Castl, ... iz signified [vol. 2, pp. 287-332]
  • Sir Philip Sidney, The Lady of May [vol. 2, pp. 542-65]
  • (co-editor) Gabriel Harvey, Gratulationes Valdinenses [vol. 2, pp. 575-708]
  • (co-editor) Henry Goldwell, Briefe Declaration of the Shews, Deuices, Speeches, and Inuentions, done & performed before the Queenes Maiestie, & the French Ambassadours (also known as The Four Foster Children of Desire) [vol. 3, pp. 66-94]
  • (co-editor) Arthur Golding, Ioyful and Royal Entertainment of the Ryght High and Mightie Prince Frauncis ... Duke of Brabande, Aniow, Alaunson, &c. into his Noble Citie of Antwerpe [vol. 3, pp. 108-55]
  • Thomas Lant and Theodor De Bry, Sequitur celebritas et pompa funeris [vol. 3, pp. 283-340]
  • (co-editor) Anon., Gesta Grayorum [vol. 3, pp. 775-859]
ENCYCLOPAEDIA ENTRIES

(co-author) 'Triumphal Entries', in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, edited by Bruce Smith, 2 vols (Cambridge University Press, 2016), vol. 1, pp. 470-76.

In The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004):

  • Best, Charles (fl. 1602-1611)
  • Bradshaw, Thomas (fl. 1591)
  • Brandon, Samuel (fl. 1598)
  • Clerke, William (fl. 1575-1595)
  • Cox, Capt. (fl. 1575)
  • Drout, John (fl. 1570)
  • Elderton, William (d. ?1592)
  • Elviden, Edmund (fl. 1569-1570)
  • Fowler, Abraham (fl. 1568-1576)
  • Gibbon, Charles (fl. 1589-1604)
  • Gifford, Humphrey (fl. 1580)
  • Hawes, Edward (fl. 1606-1607)
  • Lee, Cromwell (d. 1601)
  • Nicholson, Samuel (fl. 1600-1602)
  • Smalle, Peter (fl. 1596-1615)
  • Talbot, Elizabeth (?1527-1608), Countess of Shrewsbury, known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’
  • Talbot, George (1528-1590), sixth Earl of Shrewsbury
  • Warren, William (fl. 1578-1581)
  • Woodhouse, Peter (fl. 1605)  
BOOK AND EXHIBITION REVIEWS

I have written more than thirty reviews for a wide range of publications in both the UK and North America, including: The Burlington Magazine, The English Historical Review, The Journal of British Studies, The New Rambler, Renaissance Bulletin, Renaissance Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, The Sidney Journal, The Spectator, and Women's History Review.

SELECTED INVITED GUEST LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND PUBLIC APPEARANCES

The Huntington Library and Art Collections, San Marino, California (October 2020)

National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (February 2020)

The Early Modern Britain Seminar, Merton College, Oxford (January 2020)

Heraldry Society, RAF Club, London (November 2019)

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (October 2019)

Society for the History of Collecting AGM, Art Workers' Guild, London (September 2019)

Society of Jewellery Historians' Conference, Society of Antiquaries, London (June 2019)

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London (June 2019)

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (June 2019)

Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (May 2019)

The National Archives, Kew (May 2019)

Gray's Inn (History Society), London (April 2019)

'Dilettanti' Art Talks, London (April 2019)

Keynote address at The National Portrait Gallery's Conference on Hilliard and Oliver, London (March 2019)

The Art Fund, Society of Antiquaries, London (March 2019)

Philip Mould Gallery, London (March 2019)

'Dilettanti' Art Talks, London (March 2019)

The Goldsmiths' Company (History Society), Goldsmiths' Hall, London (January 2019)

The Tudor Society/British History Tours, London (September 2019)

Warwickshire Local History Society, Friends' Meeting House, Warwick (March 2018)

Symposium on Nicholas Hilliard, Waddesdon Manor (October 2017)

'In the Light of Gloriana', conference on Elizabeth I, the Tower of London (November 2016)

Keynote address at symposium on 'Representing Sovereignty, 1485-1714', University of Warwick (July 2016)

The National Liberal Club, London (February 2016)

Warwick Words Autumn Festival of Literature and the Spoken Word, Friends' Meeting House, Warwick (October 2015)

'Meet the Author' with Warwick Books, Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick (May 2015)

Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge (December 2014)

The Collecting and Display Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London (November 2014)

The Friends of Reading Museum, Reading Museum and Town Hall (January 2014)

Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge (November 2013)

Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge (October 2012 and November 2012)

Middle Temple Historical Society, London (April 2012)

Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge (October 2011)

British Studies at Oxford [summer school for American undergraduates], St John's College, Oxford (July 2011)

The Early Modern History and Literature Seminar, Lincoln College, Oxford (June 2011)

The National Portrait Gallery, London (December 2010)

The Society for Court Studies, London (December 2009)

The History of Collecting Seminar, The Wallace Collection, London (October 2008)

The Institute of Germanic and Romance Languages, London (December 2007)

The National Portrait Gallery, London (November 2007)

The Gascoigne Seminar, Lincoln College, Oxford (September 2007)

The National Portrait Gallery, London (May 2006)

The Society of Antiquaries, London (May 2004)

The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon (April 2004)

The Early Modern History Seminar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (October 2003)

The National Portrait Gallery, London (July 2003)

Penshurst Place, Kent (July 2003)

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London (November 2002)

The English Renaissance Seminar, Christ's College, Cambridge (February 2001)

The Director's Seminar, The Warburg Institute, London (June 2000)

CONFERENCES ORGANISED

(Co-organiser) 'The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court,' held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Middle Temple, and Lincoln's Inn, 14-16 September 2006, with the support of grants from a number of sources, including the British Academy, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

'Kenilworth Revisited: New Perspectives on the Castle and the 1575 Festivities,' held at the University of Warwick and Kenilworth Castle, 15 September 2005, with the support of the University of Warwick and English Heritage.

(Co-organiser) 'Court Festivals of the European Renaissance,' held at 'Il Ciocco', near Lucca, Tuscany, 16-21 September 2000, with the support of a grant from the European Science Foundation.

RADIO PROJECTS

Interviewed live by Andrew Marr about Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist (Yale University Press, 2019) for BBC Radio 4's Start the Week, 18 February 2019.

Interviewed live about Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (Yale University Press, 2014) and John Nichols's The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources (Oxford University Press, 2014) on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, 30 December 2015.

Interviewed live about Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (Yale University Press, 2014) on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, 10 January 2015.

Interviewed for Hark! An Acoustic Archaeology of Elizabethan England (which went on to win the Prix Marulic at the 2009 International Radio Festival). First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2008; subsequently broadcast in Canada, Finland, and Australia.

TELEVISION PROJECTS

Interviewed for Digging Up Britain's Past (series 2), to be broadcast on Channel 5 in late 2019/early 2020 (date to be confirmed).

Interviewed for Lucy Worsley's Fireworks for a Tudor Queen, first broadcast on BBC4 in March 2018.

Historical Consultant to BBC1 and BBC2 for several fact-based television programmes, including Who Do You Think You Are? and Britain's Lost Routes.

Interviewed for English Heritage: The Queen, Her Lover, and His Castle, first broadcast on BBC2 in May 2009.

Interviewed for A Golden Age: The Arts in Elizabethan England, broadcast details to be confirmed.

MUSEUM AND HERITAGE WORK

Advisor to Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum on the exhibition Lord Leicester's Warwickshire: The Life and Legacy of Robert Dudley (opened 2011).

Consultant to English Heritage on the re-creation of the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire (opened 2009).

Consultant to English Heritage on the exhibition Queen and Castle: Robert Dudley's Kenilworth (opened 2006).

MISCELLANEOUS

Ambassador, Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, 2018-

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2016-

Member of the Selden Society Council, 2015-

Member of the Consultative Committee of The Burlington Magazine, 2011-

Reader of manuscript submissions for Oxford University Press, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and Yale University Press, as well as for several academic journals, including The Art Bulletin and The Burlington Magazine

Co-Founder and Co-Editor (1999-2002) of Renaissance Journal: The Journal of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick