RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 27388564 LA English T1 The king's bedpost : Reformation and iconography in a Tudor group portrait A1 Aston, Margaret., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge; New York YR 1993 SN 052144375X 9780521443753 9780521484572 052148457X AB This historical study is centred around the painting "Edward VI and the Pope" in the collection of the National Portait Gallery. The King's Bedpost is a lavishly-illustrated detective story about a painting. Edward VI and the Pope is an important and fascinating visual allegory of the Reformation; but when and why was it painted? Following up a sequence of clues to answer these questions, the author embarks on a fascinating and unusual voyage of historical exploration that takes the reader into book illustration and scriptural iconography, Tudor religion and politics, anti-papal propaganda and iconoclastic manoeuvres. The discovery of previously unrecognised pictorial sources conclusively re-dates the painting, and opens a wide-ranging discussion of art and image-making under Edward VI and Elizabeth I.A large and varied cast of characters joins the Tudor monarchs as the tale unfolds and the painting ultimately becomes the key to a series of hitherto locked doors.