By Dr Samantha Frénée-Hutchins
This diachronic learn of Boudica serves as a sourcebook of references to Boudica within the early sleek interval and offers an summary of the ways that her tale used to be processed and exploited by way of the various avid gamers of the days who desired to supply credence and help to their very own trust structures. the writer examines the various gear of nation ideology which processed the social, non secular and political representations of Boudica for public absorption and helped shape the preferred delusion we now have of Boudica today.
By exploring pictures of the Briton warrior queen throughout reigns which witnessed an act of political union and a circulation from English woman rule (under Elizabeth I) to British/Scottish masculine rule (under James VI & I) the writer conducts a severe cartography of the ways that gender, colonialism and nationalism crystallised round this significant historic figure.
Concentrating at the unique transmission and reception of the traditional texts the writer analyses the old works of Hector Boece, Raphael Holinshed and William Camden in addition to the canonical literary figures of Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. She additionally appears to be like at facets of alternative fundamental assets no longer coated in prior scholarship, equivalent to Humphrey Llwyd’s Breuiary of Britayne (1573), Petruccio Ubaldini’s Le Vite delle donne illustri, del regno d’Inghilterra, e del regno di Scotia (1588) and Edmund Bolton’s Nero Caesar (1624). additionally, she accommodates archaeological learn in terms of Boudica.
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Boudica's Odyssey in Early Modern England by Dr Samantha Frénée-Hutchins