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- DescriptionChosen as one of the ten best academic books of the 1990s by Lingua Franca readers I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king. -Elizabeth I Whether this sentence is an accurate transcription of Elizabeth's speech at Tilbury in 1588, it does characterize some of the struggles, contradictions, and cultural anxieties that dominated the collective consciousness of England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In The Heart and Stomach of a King, 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.
- Author BiographyCarole Levin is Professor of History at the State University of New York. She is the author of Propaganda in the English Reformation: Heroic and Villainous Images of King John, and editor (with Karen Robertson) of Sexuality and Politics in Renaissance Drama and (with Jeanie Watson) Ambiguous Realities: Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- Author(s)Carole Levin
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1994
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleNew Cultural Studies
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note12 illus.
- Weight450 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
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