Posted on 28/02/2013
George Etheridge wrote his praise of Henry VIII for Queen Elizabeth I. A new electronic edition has been produced by a team of postgraduate students, scholars and technical advisors of Royal Holloway, University of London and the British Library.
This edition allows readers to link between the original handwritten text in Greek and Latin, a transcription into printed Greek and Latin, translation into English, and links through to online dictionaries and editorial comments. The overall production helps us understand in more depth how and why the text was written.
George Etheridge, was a classical Oxford scholar and physician. Being an ardent Catholic, he was expelled from his post as Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford in 1559, following Henry’s abolition of papal authority and the establishment of Royal control of the Church. The Encomium relates the military achievements of Henry VIII and his qualities as a monarch. The author wrote it to present it to Henry’s daughter Elizabeth I when she visited Oxford in 1566, ostensibly to demonstrate his loyalty to the Crown, but in reality in an attempt to improve his own position.
This new digital version has been dedicated by the scholars to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2013 marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne of the United Kingdom. The original text is held at the British Library in London.