Chaucer and the War of the Maidens
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The legendary history of the origin of the Czech dynasty, with its account of a matriarchal founder and Amazonian rebels, probably accompanied Anne of Bohemia to England, where she became Richard II’s Queen. These legends may underlie the alternation of agency and compliance found in the female characters in Chaucer’s works traditionally associated with Anne.
KeywordsFemale Character Female Origin Good Woman Origin Myth Female Power
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