Daenerys Targaryen as Queen Elizabeth I’s Spiritual Daughter

  • Estelle Paranque
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


In popular culture, fascination with female rule has been evident most recently in the widely beloved Game of Thrones. More and more historians working on Royal Studies continue to pay attention to this television phenomenon. It is not surprising, then, to find some correlations between one of the show’s central characters and Elizabeth, given how deeply the Tudor queen is engrained in American memory and history. This chapter argues that in many ways, Daenerys can be seen as Elizabeth’s spiritual daughter. I am not claiming that Daenerys is intended to be seen as a direct counterpart to Elizabeth, but rather that she reflects the spirit and example of the last Tudor queen in her actual rule and that we are still learning from female rule in our modern society (at least up to series seven).


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  • Estelle Paranque
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  1. 1.New College of the HumanitiesLondonUK

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