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Title: 'sche that schuld be medyatryce (mediatrice) in thyr (these) matars' : performances of mediation in the letters of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (1489-1541)
Author: Newsome, Helen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7971 9893
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis focuses on the letters of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (1489-1541), and explores how and why Margaret performed the role of diplomatic intercessor through her personal correspondence. The analysis explores some of the linguistic, material, and communicative strategies Margaret employed in her correspondence. It shows that Margaret often performed the role of peace-maker for her own personal empowerment and in return for political and financial favour. This study further demonstrates that Margaret and her personal correspondence were regarded as valuable resources by her male contemporaries, and could be drawn upon when formal diplomatic relations between England and Scotland were strained. Margaret Tudor's surviving correspondence comprises a collection of 233 letters and memorials (diplomatic instructions): 110 holograph documents (written in Margaret's own hand), 87 scribal compositions, and 36 copies of original documents (both holograph and scribal) often preserved in sixteenthcentury letter books. Margaret's letters were sent between 1503 and 1541 and are written in both English and Scots. The correspondence is directed to a variety of recipients including Henry VIII, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Howard, Thomas Dacre, Thomas Magnus, Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon, Henry Percy, John Stewart, Duke of Albany, the Lords of Scotland, and a number of Margaret's personal messengers including Patrick Sinclair and Adam Williamson. The majority of Margaret's surviving correspondence is diplomatic or political in nature, often dedicated to organising a renewal of Anglo-Scottish peace. The thesis is structured around five communicative episodes, ordered chronologically, each of which explore a different aspect of Margaret Tudor's diplomatic and communicative practices. A small subset of letters are consulted in detail in each episode (c. 5-20 letters), although references are made throughout to letters and macro-trends in the larger corpus. A qualitative, pragmatically-oriented methodology is adopted which pays close attention to the manuscript sources themselves. This multi-layered methodology investigates the linguistic and material composition of the correspondence, as well as how the correspondence was composed, transmitted, and delivered, and the specific socio-political context in which the documents were produced.
Supervisor: Williams, Graham ; Fitzmaurice, Susan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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