Becoming Anne Clifford

Jessica Malay

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Lady Anne Clifford’s (1590-1676) movements between her four castles in Westmorland, as presented in her Great Books of Record, reveal a stylized performativity which places a cast of characters within a landscape both created and inhabited by her. This chapter explores how Anne Clifford’s moving presence communicates a narrative of authority centred in her person through her construction of a representative social hierarchy, the placement of herself as a visual centrepiece, and her definition and subjection of the landscape. Anne Clifford’s progresses will be considered in relation to their imitation of Tudor political strategy, and the way in which bodily perambulation constructs spaces of authority, drawing upon Bruno Latour’s concept of actor-networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen and the Land, 1500-1900
EditorsAmanda L. Capern, Briony McDonagh, Jennifer Aston
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherBoydell & Brewer
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781787445208
ISBN (Print)9781783273980
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2019

Publication series

NamePeople, Markets, Goods: Economies and Societies in History
PublisherBoydell & Brewer


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