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In addition, the ceremony reinforced the idea that monarchical authority was masculine in nature: in ceremonial terms, therefore, the ruler’s gender was irrelevant. Because she was crowned as a king, the royal ritual demonstrated that Mary wielded masculine authority, just as her predecessors had done. ”101 A Model of Queenship This ambiguously gendered presentation of queenship may have thus helped to nullify the threat to masculine-gendered sovereignty created by a female monarch. 102 Like Mary, Elizabeth made liturgical changes to the ceremony to reflect The Coronation of a Queen 35 her own religious leanings.

34 Just as news of Mary’s accession was greeted with popular support, her royal entry into London took the form of a triumphal procession. ”36 Within London itself, Mary found the streets newly graveled and “hanged with clothes of arras and silke” and full of “people shoutinge and cryinge Jesus save her Grace, with weepinge teares for ioy,” while the tower guns “never ceased shootinge . . 40 The evident display of such goodwill during Mary’s royal entry, whether heartfelt or not, certainly conveyed the appearance that the populace wholeheartedly supported her accession over that of Jane: the public acclamation of the people thus helped to bolster her power and position as rightful queen.

On hearing that Northumberland and his troops were marching to nearby Bury, she “took measures against her imminent peril with more than her usual provision and speed” and summoned her council. On their advice, she “issued a most solemn edict . . ”23 On July 20, Mary made a royal inspection of her army, getting down from her horse and ordering that no guns or arrows were to be shot until she made the inspections. ”25 Delighted with the spectacle, Mary spent another three hours there before returning to Framlingham.

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