Name: John Stubbs; "The Discovery of a Gaping Gulf... "

Date:  1500 - 1799

Location:  Europe

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: John Stubbs(c.1543-1591)

Confronting Bodies: Royalty

Date of Action: 1579

Specific 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.

Description of 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."

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

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