Aston Hall is described as perhaps the best preserved Jacobean house in the Midlands.
Readers can order a copy of The Jacobean Country House by Nicholas Cooper (Aurum Press, pounds 40) for the special price of pounds 35 (including postage and packing) by calling: 01903 828503 and quoting ref: A UR200.
It is featured in the book, The Jacobean Country House, pictured below
Covington showed a mock-crewel Jacobean
with a coordinating stripe, Cyrus Clark introduced its new Country Crafts collection, consisting of a four small-scale prints in six colorways.
Implicit in this understanding of Jacobean innuendo and libel is a more general assertion about the social function of the kinds of sexual slander that monarchs (and other political figures, then and now) tend to attract: from the sometimes lurid speculations surrounding Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, to the rumors of lovers and secret pregnancies that dogged Elizabeth I, to the hum of gossip surrounding James I and his favorites.
Gentlemen of James's Bedchamber enjoyed the king's lavish generosity and exerted such influence over the machinery of government that even the most important administrator of early Jacobean England -- Robert Cecil -- had to cultivate them to ensure his own position.
In fact, the story of Edward II -- which had already received a few pointed Jacobean rehearsals -- seems to have become urgently topical in England during the 1620s.
But at the same time, Osborne's memoir is generally considered to be an unreliable account of the Jacobean court fuelled by anti-Scottish sentiment and a resentful imagination.
The same resentments are also encoded as sodomirical in several of the Jacobean poems and libels transcribed and re-transcribed into commonplace miscellanies, newsletters, and journals.
The inclusion of the figure in Carew's masque is a sign, therefore, of its ideological power as a trope for the perceived corruption of Jacobean favoritism.
(47.) Lewalski, 201-11, offers a succinct account of the Jacobean topicality of the story of Edward II and a fuller description of Gary's History.
"Ballads, Libels and Popular Ridicule in Jacobean England." Past and Present 145: 47-83.