The Name of a Queen

William Fleetwood’s Itinerarium ad Windsor

  • Editors
  • Charles Beem
  • Dennis Moore

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Introduction: “The Name of a Queene”

  3. The Dialogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. The Participants

  5. Itinerarium ad Windsor as History

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-203

About this book


Itinerarium ad Windsor concerns a central question of the Elizabethan era: Why should a woman be allowed to rule with the same powers as a king? The man who poses this controversial question within Itinerarium is none other than Queen Elizabeth's powerful favorite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. On hand to provide answers are the statesman and poet Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, and William Fleetwood antiquary, Recorder of London, and dutiful chronicler of their 1575 conversation. This critical edition of Itinerarium reproduces Fleetwood's text with annotations and a host of interpretive and contextualizing essays from leading scholars. Taken together, they constitute the definitive introduction to this remarkable discussion of regnant queenship, providing a valuable tool for understanding contemporary notions of and underlying fears concerning the efficacy and desirability of female rule in Elizabethan England.


dialogue edition England English history history of literature perception William James

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-44476-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-27202-7
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