The Legacy of Boadicea: Gender and Nation in Early Modern England

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Psychology Press, 1998 - 202 pages

The Legacy of Boadicea explores the construction of personal and national identities in early modern England. It highlights the problems and anxieties of national identity in a nation with no native classical past.
Written in an accessible style, The Legacy of Boadicea:
* offers powerful new readings of the ancient British past in Shakespeare's King Lear and Cymbeline
* persuasively illuminates a 'Boadicean' heritage in royal iconography, drama, and the social symptoms of religious dissent
* articulates parallels between the eventual domestication of Britain's warrior queen in Restoration drama, and the social, political and legal decline in the status of women.

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Contents

From Mater Terra to the Artificial Man
18
King Lear and the tragedy of native origins
68
Cymbeline and the masculine romance
96
The domestication of the savage queen
115
Epilogue
150
Bibliography
182
Index
197
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