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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009


Three Questions

Monday, September 7th, 2009

My topic is the gifts given to Queen Elizabeth I and these are three ideas for questions that I will answer in my paper.

1.  What gifts were given to the Queen by her subjects.

2.  Which gifts were most highly prized and what was their symbolic value.

3.  As a result of the gift, how was the giver rewarded.

Worksheet on Choosing a Topic

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

C.  I discussed my original topic with Professor Poska and she recommended that I modify it a little in order to increase the likelihood of finding sources.  She also suggested a primary source in the library that I could use, but she couldn’t remember the exact name.

A.  With the knowledge that a primary source on my topic existed in the library, I went there in search of it.  Since I didn’t know its name, I talked to a librarian and she helped me search the card catalog system.  I don’t remember exactly the words we used, but they were along the lines of “Queen Elizabeth Progress”  of “Queen Elizabeth Gifts”.  In any case, the search was successful and I found my primary source, as well as four other secondary sources.

D.  My primary source is a three volume set titled Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth among with are interspersed o’her solemnities, public expenditures, and remarkable events during the reign of that illustrious  Princess.  Collected from original manuscripts, scarce pamphlets, corporation records, parochial registers.

Quite the long title.  I found it under DA 356.N61 1966 v.1

E.  I found four secondary sources, but I need to go back to the library and find others as well.  The four books that I have are mostly about the Queen’s progresses with a little bit about gifts in each, but I would really like to find a book that focuses on the meaning of gifts and why some gifts were preferred over others.  I have some of that information now, but I would like to have some more.

B. I Googled “meaning of elizabethan gifts” and not much of use showed up.  However, I did find a site that is promising.

I need to do more internet research, but this site is a good start.

F.  I haven’t had a discussion yet with Professor Al-Tikriti, but he indirectly helped me pick my topic.  I had originally wanted to research how Queen Elizabeth influenced or improved the daily lives of women in her Kingdom, but Professor Poska said that topic wouldn’t be feasible.  Professor Al-Tikriti had mentioned in class that a student had used a gift registry for her primary source, and that made me more open to the idea of using that as my topic, but incorporating it into the Elizabethan Era.

William Winsor

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I was unable to find anything conclusive on William Winsor using Google. There are a lot of William John Winsor on the internet, but I couldn’t find anything on the one I wanted. I’m sure he’s a real person because he served in the military and those records have to be out there somewhere.

Meeting With Advisor

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

My meeting with my advisor, Professor Poska really helped me focus on a feasible topic.  Originally I wanted  to research whether or not the presence of a strong queen on the throne improved the life of regular women, but Professor Poska said that I wouldn’t be able to find any sources.  She agreed that it was an interesting topic, but one that wasn’t the best fit for a History 299 class.  She advised that I pick a topic that I could find a lot of sources for; it didn’t have to be original, it just had to fit all the criteria of a Hist 299 research paper.  We discussed for awhile what other topic I could do during the Elizabethan Era, and the subject of Queen Elizabeth’s progresses throughout her kingdom came up.  From there she suggested that I could write about the gifts exchanged between the Queen and her court, and she even had a primary source in mind.

I thought this was an interesting idea, so I decided to go for it.  Immediately afterwards, I went to the library and checked out the source Professor Poska recommended, as well as similar sources that I found.  Thanks to Professor Poska, I pinpointed exactly what topic to write about, as well as pointing me on the way to finding the appropriate sources.