The court of Elizabeth I – A European Drama (COEED)

Welcome to the project site of The Court of Elizabeth I – A European Drama (COEED). This project is sponsored by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and hosted by the Institut de Recherche pour la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières (IRCL), Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III. The Research Fellow undertaking this project is Professor Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University, Wales and the project is supervised by Professor Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin at IRCL. The project extends from 2016-2018 and details of all the public and scholarly events linked to COEED are to be found on this site as the funded period unfolds. Please feel free to contact me with any enquiries relating to the project at

Thanks are extended to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Foundation, Institut de Recherche pour la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières (IRCL), Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III and Bangor University, Wales, for their continued encouragement and support for this project.

Andrew Hiscock

Research Fellow: Professor Andrew Hiscock  

Project Supervisor: Professor Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin

Press Release:

Home Institution

Bangor University, Wales

Host Institution

Institut de Recherche pour la Renaissance, l’Âge Classique et les Lumières (IRCL), Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III

Project Description

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Sponsored Project: The court of Elizabeth I – A European Drama

[The Court of Elizabeth I – A European Drama (COEED) is a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary and distinctively European research project into a political culture which is studied in universities and schools around the globe. At a critical time when European society is exercised by questions of national interest, the possible parameters of its community and suspicion of external cultural influence, COEED is invested in challenging the premisses often underpinning such thorny debates.

The enduring fascination with the political culture of Elizabethan England has often served to occlude the fact that across early modern Europe responses to the final Tudor monarch were being formulated in early novels, dramas and travel narratives. Such texts have often been wholly neglected or referenced briefly as points of illustration. Moreover, dramatic texts (where they have been afforded any consideration) by French writers, Italian writers, Spanish writers and the theatrical productions of groups such Rederijkerskamers (or Chambers of Rhetoric) in the Low Countries, have most commonly been considered in terms of their national traditions of literary production, rather than integrated into a Europe-wide vision of cultural debate and exchange (notably, in this project, in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and, as appropriate, Latin). Equally importantly, none of these texts has been considered in recent centuries for their theatrical potential, and none of them has hitherto been placed in close conversation with literary production in Elizabethan (or post-Elizabethan) England. Hitherto, where they exist at all, such studies have often been governed by the search for sources or by artistic principles of difference. Almost exclusively in such instances, the reader is asked to maintain a bi-focal vision: England/Spain; England/France. This project seeks to counter such research expectations.

Spanning the fields of literary, historical and political research, COEED explores how the relevance of such a European debate may be communicated for a whole range of academic and non-academic audiences. The ambitious programme is hosted and directed at the IRCL (Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment - part of the UPVM (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3).]

Project-Linked Events:

July 2016

Avignon Festival:

As part of IRCL engagement with Avignon Festival led by Professor Florence March, Hiscock attends Avignon Festival and meeting with community of actors and playwrights participating in Festival.

Archival visit:

Maison Jean Vilar, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Avignon.

September 2016

Public Talk: Musée Roybet Fould, Courbevoie, Paris.

«Introduction à Shakespeare et au monde théâtral d’Elisabeth Iere»

This talk took place on 22nd September 2016 and was designed for an audience of the general public at the museum. The chosen subject was a general introduction to Age of Shakespeare, showcasing current research in academic debate and findings in COEED.

Conference attendance: IRCL-organized conference at the Chateau de Bournazel – Jeux et Divertissement à la Renaissance. Conference organizer : Professor Thierry Verdier.

October 2016

Conference attendance and chair: MHRA Conference 2016: Have you Heard? at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London Senate House. Conference Organizer: Ann Lewis (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Archival Visit: The British Library, London

November 2016

Invited Plenary Presentation:

«Llull – Cervantes – Shakespeare. Literary Images of Madness» at Facultat de Filologia, University of Valencia, Spain. The multi-disciplinary conference concentrated upon the rich intellectual heritage of these three key figures in European culture.]

Conference attendance and chair:

IRCL-organized conference: La scène du balcon, Théâtre de la Vignette, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III.

Public Talk:

as part of the IRCL-sponsored series A Year with Shakespeare[], Hiscock offered a presentation entitled «Shakespeare, poète du désir». This talk was open to the general public and took place at the Salle Rabelais in the centre of Montpellier. The presentation was a collaboration between Hiscock and the Montpellier Public Reading Group Mots-Passants which is led by Jean Gelsbeiden. It was followed by a question-and-answer session in keeping with the format of the series.

December 2016

Conference Presentation: Romancing Shakespeare: The Bard in the Imagination of the Romance Cultures, University of Porto, Portugal.
Hiscock’s conference presentation focused on the representation of Shakespeare in nineteenth-century London and Paris theatres. He also participated in ensemble reading of  a dramatic text by Ana Luísa Amaral.

January 2017


Attendance at the Festival Shakes-Nice!  which took place from 17th  January to 5th February. This festival showcases productions of Shakespeare and inspired by Shakespeare each year at the Théâtre National de Nice. Hiscock had the opportunity to attend performances of The Winter’s Tale produced by Declan Donnellan and Timon of Athens  adapted and produced by Cyril Cotenaut and Sébastien Davis. In addition, supporting COEED’s additional commitment to the exploration of Shakespeare-inspired production in contemporary dance projects, Hiscock met with representatives from the company of the Ballets de Monte Carlo prior to their production of Le Songe created by Jean-Christophe Maillot and adapted from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Conference attendance and chair:

Annual Conference of the Société Française Shakespeare, Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

February 2017

Archival Visits:

Bibliothèque Nationale de France – François Mitterand, Paris.
Richelieu-Louvois Bibliothèque - Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Département des Arts du spectacle, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
La Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

IRCL Conference Presentation:

This conference, drawing together members of the university community and the general public, was held at the Site Saint-Charles of Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III and invited four new members of the IRCL team to deliver presentations of their current research. Hiscock’s paper was entitled « Arioste, Shakespeare et l’Europe furioso». In each case, papers were followed by question-and-answer sessions.

Conference Presentation:

This inaugural event in the Erasmus Plus New Faces project. NEW FACES, “Facing Europe in Crisis: Shakespeare’s World and Present Challenges” launched a European Strategic Partnership that aims to promote historical and literary understanding of the complexities of crises (cultural, linguistic, political, social, religious, and economic) to help face a complex contemporary European context. For this inaugural event to university staff and students, presentations were videoconferenced across sites in Europe. Hiscock’s paper was entitled « The Crises of Faith and Allegiance: Early Modern and Modern».


March 2017

Research, Library Visits and Archive Consultation at Montpellier

April 2017

Conference Presentation on 19th century Shakespeare theatre productions in England and France at The Comparative Drama Conference XLI, Rollins College, Florida USA. -

May 2017

Conference Presentation focusing on the presentation of violence in Shakespeare’s Macbeth at 28th SEDERI International Conference (Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies), University of Pontevedra, Spain -








Library Visit – The British Library, London

28th May – Public Presentation with Montpellier Performance Group Mots-Passants in Montpellier: Du Corps au Coeur dans la poésie des contemporains de Shakespeare

Advisory Board Appointments during the COEED period

  • Erasmus Plus sponsored project: New Faces - Facing Europe in Crisis: Shakespeare’s World and Present Challenges
  • Dynamiques des Héritages (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle), Montpellier, septembre/octobre 2018. Colloque des jeunes chercheurs de la Société Française d’Étude du XVIIIe siècle (SFEDS), de la Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (SÉAA XVII-XVIII), et de la Société d’étude du XVIIe siècle.