Queenship and Power

The Queen's Mercy

Gender and Judgment in Representations of Elizabeth I

Authors: Villeponteaux, M.

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During the Elizabethan era, writers such as Shakespeare, Spenser, Sidney, Daniel, and others frequently expounded on mercy, exploring the sources and outcomes of clemency. This fresh reading of such depictions shows that the concept of mercy was a contested one, directly shaped by tensions over the exercise of judgment by a woman on the throne.

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'Villeponteaux offers us a much-needed first book-length study of the contradictory facets of Elizabeth's royal image as a queen of mercy. In a study full of delicate nuance and artful analysis, Villeponteaux brings together the fields of literature, history, theology, and gender studies to create a panoramic view of the queen that shows how some of the most influential writers of the period Spenser, Shakespeare, Heywood, and Sidney presented their queen in images that gave the 'rusty sword' of her peaceful mercy a double-edge. Elizabeth's mercy could be employed to celebrate the queen as a paragon of Christian princely virtue or criticize her judgment as a woman vulnerable to the passions. Villeponteaux's work is as complex as it is accessible, and it gives us a window into the fascinating political world where early modern literature and sovereignty intersect.' - Linda Shenk, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University, USA, and author of Learned Queen: The Image of Elizabeth I in Politics and Poetry (2009)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • “By Nature Full of Mercy”: The Clemency of the Queen

    Villeponteaux, Mary

    Pages 1-33

  • “The Sacred Pledge of Peace and Clemencie”: Elizabethan Mercy in

    Villeponteaux, Mary

    Pages 35-65

  • “Proud and Pitilesse”: Elizabethan Mercy and the Sonnet Tradition

    Villeponteaux, Mary

    Pages 67-106

  • “A Goodly Musicke in Her Regiment”: Elusive Justice in

    Villeponteaux, Mary

    Pages 107-131

  • “Pardon Is Still the Nurse of Second Woe”:

    Villeponteaux, Mary

    Pages 133-156

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Queen's Mercy
Book Subtitle
Gender and Judgment in Representations of Elizabeth I
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37175-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137371751
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37174-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47577-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 227
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