The Discovery of a Gaping Gulf...

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Date: 1579

Region: Europe

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature


Artist: John Stubbs (c.1543-1591)

Confronting Bodies: The English government of Queen Elizabeth

Dates of Action: 1579

Location: England

Description of Artwork: The Discoverie of a Gaping Gulf Where into England is Likely to be Swallowed by another French Marriage, 1579: A virulent attack on the proposed marriage of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Anjou.

The Incident: 1579 England-London: The copies of the book were burned in the kitchen stove of Stationer's Hall.

Results of Incident: 1579 England-London: The author was condemned to have his right hand cut off by means of a cleaver driven through the wrist by a mallet. Stubbs thereupon raised his hat with his left hand and cried, "God save the Queen" before fainting followed by 18 months in prison.

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.[[[Category:Literature]]