Mary Queen of Scots: Romance and Nation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Examining visual, musical and literary works from the late Tudor period to the First World War,Mary Queen of Scotstraces a nation's long romance with the queen it once rejected. Considering both mainstream works (from Edmund Spenser to Sir Walter Scott) and the attachments to Mary that have been formed and sustained by certain subaltern groups, particularly women, Jayne Lewis separates Mary's life from the myth that formed about her and shows how her prevailing image as a sexualized mother has made her a complicated object of political and personal desire. Lewis demonstrates how this desire emerged at a formative moment in the history of modern Britain, and, over time, subliminally shaped that very history.

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(12)
PART I Elizabethan Mary 13(48)
1 "The finest she that ever was": Scotland, 1558-1568
2 "The treason of pity": England, 1568-1603
PART II Stuart Mary 61(38)
3 "A new and unexampled kind of tomb," 1603-1714
4 "False kindred": The Island Queens and The Albion Queens
PART III Georgian Mary 99(72)
5 "The sorrow of seeing the queen," 1714-1789
6 "Dozens of ugly Mary Queen of Scotts": the women of Britain, 1725-1785
7 Guilt and vindication, 1789-1837
PART IV Victorian Mary 171(52)
8 Victoria's other woman
9 A "laboured illusion" vanishes
PART V Epilogue: Postmodern Mary 223(10)
Notes 233(20)
Index 253

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