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Embroidery as a Means of Diplomacy: The Artisans' Part in a Royal Marriage Proposal, 1560-1561
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, Textile Studies.
2017 (English)In: Textile History, ISSN 0040-4969, E-ISSN 1743-2952, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 211-232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The use of fashionable dress played an important part in early modern dynastic politics. In this paper, the diplomatic efforts to engineer a marriage between Erik XIV of Sweden and Elizabeth I of England are used as an example of the interrelations of textiles and diplomacy. Parallel to their negotiations in London, the Swedes organised the production of luxury goods and set up temporary workshops on the spot. The study looks at the Swedish embroidery workshop in London, using written records to investigate its organisation and production, and to discuss artisanal skills and the transnational element in employment in a royal workshop. It is suggested that the entire enterprise was a diplomatic practice, designed to enable the Swedes to draw attention to their presence in London and make their consumption visible on all possible levels.

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2017. Vol. 48, no 2, p. 211-232
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339515DOI: 10.1080/00404969.2017.1374021ISI: 000418561700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339515DiVA, id: diva2:1176078
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The Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesAvailable from: 2018-01-19 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved

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