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By Christine Stewart-Nuñez, Carole Levin

Scholars and Poets speak about Queens is a full of life and erudite assortment, strange in an extremely beautiful approach. This choice of essays indicates how queens have been represented within the heart a while and Renaissance via basic money owed, chronicles, and literary representations. The publication additionally includes sleek poetry and brief performs approximately those similar queens, permitting readers to appreciate and get pleasure from them either intellectually and emotionally. individuals examine quite a lot of queens together with such recognized and engaging ladies as Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Hecuba, the Empress Matilda, Mary Stuart, Margaret of Anjou, Catherine of Aragon, and the pirate queen Grace O'Malley. through pairing scholarly essays with modern poems approximately them, the gathering demonstrates the ongoing relevance and immediacy of those robust and engaging women.

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Yet it is telling that Golding calls Hecuba “queen” three times in this passage, whereas Ovid called her queen only once. For Golding, Hecuba clearly has reclaimed her innate nobility and royal authority through revenge. The revenge is fueled by her wounded maternity and her heroic anger at the savage injustice done her and her child. The revenge is as viscerally charged in its description as the mother’s bodily expressions of grief were. Yet a notable feature of the revenge is that Hecuba is not alone.

But she warned the members of Parliament that “it is monstrous that the feet should direct the head,” as they were trying to do so by their demands, which was one of the complications of female rule: women were supposed to submit to men, the head of the family; but in political power, as queen, Elizabeth was the head of the state. ” 39 Antony has shown a concern with the peculiar problem of female rule, further emphasized through Cleopatra’s waiting woman Charmion, who commented upon the Egyptian queen’s apparent lack of true motherly feeling.

4 Toward the end of her reign, in 1596, there was a decree by the Star Chamber that “no manuscript was to be set up in type until it had been perused and licensed by the archbishop [of Canterbury] or bishop of London. ”5 Both laws show the pressures that theaters and writers faced. The later decree marked the fluctuating political tensions that once again appeared at the end of Elizabeth’s reign. 6 As Helen Morris pointed out, it would have been “imprudent to make any theatrical reference to her [Elizabeth] other than .

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