The heart and stomach of a king: Elizabeth I and the politics of sex and power

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
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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 power

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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