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Veep, Homeland, and Scandal
Elisabeth Bronfen

war with France. 26 In Shakespeare’s dramatic re-imagination of the Wars of the Roses, Suffolk decides to woo her for his king, hoping to gain political influence through her. Even before she arrives in England, Margaret, however, has a staunch adversary in Gloucester. As the king’s uncle, he opposes a marriage with this impoverished Princess of Anjou, because, despite her beauty and eloquence, she brings neither wealth nor any advantageous alliance to the French royal family as dowry. Given, furthermore, that her unfamiliarity with the English court causes her

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A series of first female presidents from Commander in Chief to House of Cards
Elisabeth Bronfen

King Lear’s refusal to abdicate his power along with his throne is a civil war that ultimately wipes out his entire lineage. The early revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus , explores yet another variation of the violence that royal family bonds can inspire. The warrior queen of the Goths, Tamora, is brought to Rome as the captive of the victorious general, Titus, who has led a ten-year campaign against her. When, despite her maternal plea, he refuses to show mercy and instead sacrifices her eldest son, Tamora’s desire for retribution is born. Once marriage to the new

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