A Critical Edition and Discussion of SP 70/2 f.94: A Letter and Two Sonnets by Celio Magno to Queen Elizabeth I
A fairly long congratulatory letter in Italian on Elizabeth I’s accession to the throne dated 3 February 1559 followed by two previously unknown sonnets in her praise, also in Italian, by Celio Magno (1536–1602), have survived in the State Papers (SP 70/2 f.94). The document deserves to be edited for several reasons. Firstly, the sonnets may be added to the Venitian poet’s canon. Secondly, Celio Magno was a high-ranking politician and diplomat and the manuscript offers fascinating information on the precise relationships between the Republic of Venice and the queen at the very beginning of her reign, a crucial and relatively under-researched period. Finally, the letter and sonnets contribute to a better understanding of the queen’s representation abroad and more specifically in Italy.