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Her Kingdom’s Wife: Mary I and the Gendering of Regal Power

  • Charles Beem
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

In her accession proclamation, issued July 19, 1553, Mary I announced to her subjects the arrival of the first woman to possess and inhabit the office and estate of king of England. Prior to Mary’s accession, English kings, as “lions of England,” occupied a male gendered office. Mary, in effect, accepted this state of affairs as she fashioned herself into a lioness. Four hundred years after the Empress Matilda’s failed attempt to consolidate her hold upon kingly sovereignty, Mary I accomplished the gendering of kingly power in the guise of a queen, representing herself to her subjects as monarch within conventional perceptions of sixteenth-century womanhood.

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Political Society Privy Council Henry VIII Male Heir Marriage Negotiation 
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