Mab, Queen

Mab, Queen

fairies’ midwife delivers man’s brain of dreams. [Br. Legend: Benét, 610]
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13] In an entertainment performed at Woodstock in 1575, the "Queen of the Fayry" brought a gift to Elizabeth "which was a goune for her Majestie of greate price, whereon the imbroderer had bestowed the summe of his conning"; in 1578, the entertainments for Elizabeth at Hengrave Hall included "a shew representing the Phayries" in which "a rich jewell was presented to the Queenes Highnesse"; fourteen years later, Elizabeth was greeted at Quarrendon by a "Damsell of the Queene of Fayries" bearing a "Cupido in gould and stone"; after Elizabeth's death, when the new royal family entered England they were entertained by a masque at Althorp in which Mab, Queen of the Fairies, presented a jewel to Queen Anne.