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In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz provide a forum for the underexamined, anomalous reigns of queens in history. These regimes, primarily regarded as interruptions to the “normal” male monarchy, have been examined largely as isolated cases. This interdisciplinary study of queens throughout history examines their connections to one another, their constituents’ perceptions of them, and the fallacies of their historical reputations. The contributors consider historical queens as well as fictional, mythic, and biblical queens and how they were represented in medieval and early modern England. They also give modern readers a glimpse into the early modern worldview, particularly regarding order, hierarchy, rulership, property, biology, and the relationship between the sexes. Considering topics as diverse as how Queen Elizabeth’s unmarried status affected the perception of her as a just and merciful queen to a reevaluation of “good Queen Anne” as more than just an obese, conventional monarch, this volume encourages readers to reexamine previously held assumptions about the role of female monarchs in early modern history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: It's Good to Be Queen
  2. pp. xiii-xxxiii
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  1. 1. "Greater by Marriage": The Matrimonial Career of the Empress Matilda
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Widow Princess or Neglected Queen? Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, and English Public Opinion, 1533 --1536
  2. pp. 16-30
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  1. 3. "Most godly heart fraight with al mercie": Queens' Mercy during the Reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I
  2. pp. 31-50
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  1. 4. Princess Elizabeth Travels across Her Kingdom: In Life, in Text, and on Stage
  2. pp. 51-75
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  1. 5. Marriage รก la Mode, 1559: Elisabeth de Valois, Elizabeth I, and the Changing Practice of Dynastic Marriage
  2. pp. 76-97
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  1. 6. Queen Solomon: An International Elizabeth I in 1569
  2. pp. 98-125
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  1. 7. The Virgin and the Widow: The Political Finesse of Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici
  2. pp. 126-140
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  1. 8. Crafting Queens: Early Modern Readings of Esther
  2. pp. 141-157
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  1. 9. "Shine like an Angel with thy starry crown": Queen Elizabeth the Angelic
  2. pp. 158-186
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  1. 10. Shakespeare's Queen Cleopatra: An Act of Translation
  2. pp. 187-204
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  1. 11. "She is the man, and Raignes": Popular Representations of Henrietta Maria during the English Civil Wars
  2. pp. 205-223
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  1. 12. Sex and the Single Queen: The Erotic Lives of Elizabeth Tudor in Seventeenth-century England
  2. pp. 224-241
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  1. 13. The "Stomach of a Queen," or Size Matters: Gender, Body Image, and the Historical Reputation of Queen Anne
  2. pp. 242-272
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  1. 14. Two Poems
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-310
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 311-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-326
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803222786
MARC Record
OCLC
316765760
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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