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Gender, Authority and the Image of Queenship in English and Scottish Ballads, 1553–1603

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/12/2020
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)751-772
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date28/12/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article uses contemporary ballads to show that dynastic right was of central importance to the popular view of the accessions of Mary I and Elizabeth I, as well as that of the foreign king James VI when he acceded to the English throne in 1603. It challenges our view of Tudor iconography by showing that although popular songs were not afraid to tackle the gender implications of queens regnant, the popular image of Elizabeth I was not centred on her femininity. The article compares the positive English view of Mary I's femininity with negative portrayals of Mary Queen of Scots in Scotland, while suggesting that the issue of femininity was not raised in ballads about Elizabeth I because her half-sister had already normalised the idea of a woman on the throne. 

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: HYDE, J. (2020), Gender, Authority and the Image of Queenship in English and Scottish Ballads, 1553–1603. History, 105: 751-772. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.13084 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-229X.13084 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.