Elizabeth Cooke, Lady Hoby and subsequently Lady Russell was one of the key women in the protestant establishment that surrounded Queen Elizabeth. She was also a mother who was anxious to establish her daughters at court. The paper suggests that entertainment for Elizabeth at the Hoby country house at Bisham, Berkshire, (1592) ascribed to Edward Hoby by conventional scholarship, was actually written by Lady Russell to bring her daughters, Elizabeth and Anne, to the queen’s attention as potential maids of honour.
Alexandra F. Johnston is a professor of English at the University of Toronto and has been director of Records of Early English Drama (which she was instrumental in founding) since 1975. She is co-editor with Margaret Rogerson of the first of the REED series, the Records of York (1979) and is also co-editor of the Oxford University and City records to be published soon. She has written extensively on many aspects of early drama.
'The 'Lady of the farme': The Context of Lady Russell's Entertainment of Elizabeth at Bisham, 1592'.
5.2 (2002): 71-85 (paper). Article 5.
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