[SCA-Dance] Source of quote about La Volta
Joanna and Murray
joannaandmurray at homemail.com.au
Mon Oct 29 01:08:49 EDT 2007
I've been asked about the source of the "murders and miscarriages" quote below.
I haven't a clue. Can anyone help?
> Here's the quote about La Volta that I told you about. Do you think
> anyone on the dance list might know the original source for this? The book
> I've got it from is frustratingly vague about its research.
> Obviously, it's not the whole quote from the book I'm looking for, only
> the bit at the end. I only included the rest so you could have a sense of
> the context. If the rest of the book is anything to go by, this "critic"
> was someone in the 16 century, or the author would have specified
> "Dancing was the public court activity /par excellence/, and the queen's
> [Elizabeth I's] enthusiasm for this social and moral form of exercise
> lasted well into her old age. 'I assure you,' wrote one courtier from the
> 'warm winter box' of Richmond Palace, 'six or seven gallyards of a
> morning, besydes musycke and syngynge, is her ordinary exercise.' Queens
> were rivals even in these activities. The famous portrait in Penshurst
> Plalace of Elizabeth dancing /La Volta/, supported by Dudley, Earl of
> Leicester, is in fact an English transposition of an earlier French
> painting featuring Marguerite de Valois in identical posture. One critic
> claimed: 'The Voltas which magicians have brought from Italy have this
> misfortune, that a great many murders and miscarriages result from them. "
> Quoted from */_Music at Court_/*, Christopher Hogwood. London, The Folio
> Society, 1977.
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