The heart and stomach of a king: Elizabeth I and the politics of sex and power
Carole Levin explores contemporary representations of the unmarried, childless Elizabeth and focuses on the ways in which members of her court, foreign ambassadors, and a motley--and sometimes delusional--collection of subjects responded to her. Throughout, Levin's purpose is to explore how gender constructions, role expectations, and beliefs about sexuality influenced both Elizabeth's self-presentation and others' perceptions of her as a female, and Protestant, ruler. --from publisher description
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Heart and stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the politics of sex and powerUser Review - Book Verdict
She was England's virgin queen, king but for her sex, "ever her own mistress," as Francis Bacon and his contemporaries proclaimed. Elizabeth I was besieged on all sides: to marry, to go to war, to name an heir. Was she trapped by her gender or able to rise above it? Levin (history, SUNY-New Paltz) attempts to shed new light on this question. Unfortunately, extraneous detail and a scattershot approach detract from the power of her argument. There are some fresh insights here (Elizabeth as healer, and as hater of war, where others would reap the glory), and certainly no one will ever be able to claim full knowledge of what motivated the queen. However, a thorough grounding in Elizabeth's life and times is necessary for understanding Levin's narrative. Recommended for larger academic history collections only.-Nancy L. Whitfield, Meriden P.L., Ct.
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The Heart and Stomach of a King is an interesting study of the reign of Elizabeth I. Levin's writing is heavily influenced by feminism and most of the book focuses on how Elizabeth's womanhood worked ...
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