The Queen’s Mercy

Gender and Judgment in Representations of Elizabeth I

  • Authors
  • Mary Villeponteaux

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

About this book


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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