Nicolaus Mameranus 

Poetry and Politics at the Court of Mary Tudor


Author: Matthew Tibble
In Nicolaus Mameranus, Matthew Tibble recovers an obscure but revealing body of poetry and political commentary that the Imperial poet laureate Nicolaus Mameranus produced for the court of Mary I of England during the visit of her husband, Philip II of Spain, in 1557.
Where most studies portray this period as one of decline and decay, Tibble argues instead that, for many Catholics, 1557 was characterised by hope and a sense of progression. He argues that the royal couple successfully re-forged their image as the embodiment of a political union that many considered the foundation of a new Anglo-Habsburg dynasty, and, equally successfully, represented their dual monarchy as a bastion in the fight to reform Catholic Christianity in response to the Protestant Reformation.

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Matthew Tibble, Ph.D. (2019), University of Edinburgh, is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. He researches the literary, cultural, and religious history of the Tudor period and has recently published in Historical Research.
A Note on Translations and Conventions


1 The Last Laureate of Charles V: A New Approach to the Writing of Nicolaus Mameranus
 1  Satirizing the Laureate Tradition
 2  Entrance into the Guild
 3  Looking Ahead

2 The 1554 Epistles: Prospecting England’s Place in the Habsburg Empire
 1  The Marriage of Philip and Mary and the Reconciliation with Rome
 2  War for Peace: Negotiating Philip’s Role in the Habsburg-Valois Conflict
 3  An Emerging Dynasty

3 Celebrating the Marriage of Philip and Mary: The Political Rhetoric of Printed Epithalamia
 1  The Epithalamium as a Literary Genre during the Renaissance
 2  Junius’s Philippeis and the Subjugation of Female Rule
 3  Mameranus and the Union of Rulers

4 Reassessing 1557: The Reunion of the Anglo-Habsburg Monarchy
 1  The Return of the (Uncrowned) King
 2  New Money for a New Empire: A Proposition to the King and Queen
 3  Transcultural Attitudes at the Second Anglo-Habsburg Court

5 Counselling the Queen: Princely Humanism and the Five Psalms of David
 1  The Strict Moralism of a Mid-Century Humanist
 2  Composing the Strena Mamerani
 3  Adapting the Psalms for Marian England

6 Reformation on the Road: Catholicism between Cologne and London
 1  Mameranus in the City of Cologne
 2  Spiritual Instruction: The Sacred Simplicity of Christian Living
 3  Defending the Catholic Tradition
 4  Patristic Scholarship between Cologne and England
 5  Mameranus and His Appraisal of English Catholicism

7 Remembering a Queen: Mary Tudor’s Habsburg Funeral Ceremony
 1  The Death of the English Queen
 2  The Procession through Brussels
 3  The Sermon of François Richardot

 1  The Literature and Politics of Marian England
 2  1557: Mary’s Neglected Year
 3  Catholic Counsel in the Mid-Century


Appendix 1: Beso Las Manos
 1  Introduction
 2  Text and Translation

Appendix 2: Gratulatorium
 1  Introduction
 2  Text and Translation

Appendix 3: Psalmi Davidis quinque
 1  Introduction
 2  Text and Translation

Appendix 4: Oratio Dominica
 1  Introduction
 2  Text and Translation

Appendix 5: Bibliography of the Writing of Nicolaus Mameranus

Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources
All interested in the English Reformation and the politics and literature of the mid-Tudor period, especially in the cultural history of the reign of England’s first regnant queen, Mary I. Keywords: Mary I, mid-Tudor, religion, political thought, counsel, English Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Catholicism, Catholic, Habsburgs, Philip II, humanism, political culture.