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Warlike mates?
Queen Elizabeth, and Joan La Pucelle in 1 Henry VI
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Accounts of Elizabeth I's visit to her naval troops at Tilbury in 1588, shortly before the arrival of the ill-fated Spanish Armada, have established and perpetuated her iconic status as a warrior queen. This chapter argues that the cultural significance of the queen's decision to visit her loyal soldiers, and possibly mirror their appearance by wearing a costume of armour, is recalled approximately two years later by the dramatists of 1 Henry VI. It considers how the play simultaneously vilifies French Catholic Joan La Pucelle, invites admiration for her, and allows her to be seen as something of a scapegoat. The notion of national identity will also form an integral part, as the cloudy distinction between the French and English in 1 Henry VI problematises the depiction of the two nations.

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