“Tremble at Patience”: Constant Queens and Female Solidarity in The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Winter’s Tale

  • Miranda Fay Thomas
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Both The Winter’s Tale and The Two Noble Kinsmen use female solidarity to shame men such as Leontes and Theseus into respectful action. As such, this chapter contends that queens take on a new power during Shakespeare’s later plays. It considers whether a Jacobean nostalgia for the reign of Elizabeth I enabled a reassessment of the way in which gendered power could be performed and negotiated, acknowledging the late queen’s constancy and dutiful qualities as a female monarch and how such qualities create a strong and persuasive message. The show of constancy and female solidarity, as shown by Shakespeare’s later queens, reveals the power of patience, turning passive aggression into affirmative action.


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  • Miranda Fay Thomas
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  1. 1.Shakespeare’s GlobeLondonUK

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