The Heart and Stomach of a King by Carole Levin
Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (New Cultural Studies)

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"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.

 

About Carole Levin

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Carole Levin is Professor of History, University of Nebraska.
 
Published June 1, 1994 by University of Pennsylvania Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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This study uses Elizabeth Tudor's life to show ``the intersection of politics with gender, of sexuality with power,'' but its real strength is the intriguing portrait of Elizabeth Levin constructs fro

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This study uses Elizabeth Tudor's life to show ``the intersection of politics with gender, of sexuality with power,'' but its real strength is the intriguing portrait of Elizabeth Levin constructs from anecdotes, trivia and gossip often overlooked or dismissed by traditional biographies.

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