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National identities, sovereignty and the body politic
Laura Clancy

On 20 September 2014, in the wake of the Scottish Independence Referendum, the pro-union, right-wing British broadsheet the Daily Telegraph 's front page was dominated by a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II in the grounds of her Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands, under the headline ‘Queen's pledge to help reunite the Kingdom’ ( Figure 3.1 ). 1 The photograph, entitled Queen of Scots, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and the Chief of Chiefs , was taken

in Running the Family Firm
Mandy Merck

In 1955 the New Statesman published an article by the pundit Malcolm Muggeridge with a headline that would become a cliché of British political commentary. Republished in May 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘The Royal Soap Opera’ compared newspaper coverage of Princess Margaret’s romance with Royal Air Force Group Captain Peter Townsend to that bestowed on Rita

in The British monarchy on screen
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Portraits of the monarch in colonial ritual
Susie Protschky

In 1923 Queen Wilhelmina's brother-in-law, Adolf Friedrich von Mecklenburg (1873–1969), toured the Moluccas and Dutch New Guinea. It was the year of Wilhelmina's silver jubilee, and for the twenty-fifth year since her coronation, she was not touring her empire. In her absence, ‘ Hertog (Duke) Adolf’, as he became known on his travels, accrued celebrity status in the Netherlands Indies. 1 That he was German nobility and only related to the queen by her marriage to Hendrik made no difference

in Photographic subjects
David M. Bergeron

journey to Westminster Abbey. The Duke of Lennox, and others scattered throughout the streets, saw a coffin carrying the exhumed body of Mary, Queen of Scots, King James’s mother. With ample torches, the procession, which had begun 70 miles away at Peterborough Cathedral, wound its way to the abbey. Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, captured the event in a private letter

in Shakespeare’s London 1613
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A series of first female presidents from Commander in Chief to House of Cards
Elisabeth Bronfen

Shakespeare’s queens Lady Macbeth is not the only one of Shakespeare’s queens to flicker up in contemporary TV drama, even if their resurgence is less explicit. It is, thus, fruitful to revisit the different configurations of queenship we find in his oeuvre. One key position in such a typology is occupied by an array of warmongering queens whose cry for battle is tied up with family allegiances. In the late tragicomedy Two Noble Kinsmen , three distressed queens interrupt the wedding procession between Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his bride Hippolyta, an Amazon queen

in Serial Shakespeare
A lost epic of the reign of Victoria
Jude Cowan Montague

European diplomacy. The film was Sixty Years a Queen (1913), alternatively titled The Life and Times of Queen Victoria . Its two producers were William George Barker, an experienced filmmaker and the owner-manager of a flourishing studio at Ealing, and George Berthold Samuelson, a successful film agent and the driving force in bringing the royal story to the screen. Sixty Years a Queen has so far

in The British monarchy on screen
The Gothic legacy of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses
Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

. The series’s reference to the queen whom Shakespeare was never allowed to put on stage, as well as to the one to whom he gave his best tragic role, allows me to foreground the manner in which the cultural afterlife of early modern theatre in contemporary cinema and television anticipates a Gothic sensibility. If Weaver’s Secretary of State invokes powerful women of history in

in Gothic Renaissance
Alexander Samson

3 Wyatt and the queen’s regal power Wyatt’s revolt A definite conspiracy against Mary I was hatched on 26th November just over a week after her rejection of the parliamentary group led by Pollard to persuade her against a foreign match.1 Wyatt may have inherited his ‘anti-Catholic and anti-Spanish’ attitudes from his father, the poet, alleged lover of Anne Boleyn and Henrician ambassador to Spain.2 However, the elder Sir Thomas Wyatt had enjoyed ‘extraordinary, “inexpressible” favour’ from Charles, while they had treated of a marriage for Mary with Dom Luis of

in Mary and Philip
Neil Parsons

tells of the comeuppance of Cecil Rhodes by three African kings or paramount chiefs who sailed to London to negotiate with Queen Victoria’s government in 1895. The film is based on my book King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen , published by University of Chicago Press in 1998. Rhodes used to boast that every man had his price. At least in the case of Khama, the

in Mistress of everything
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Same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939–45
Author: Emma Vickers

This book takes a contextual, time-specific approach to the study of same-sex desire in the British armed forces. Such an approach is now considered to be de rigueur for the historian of sexuality. The book first examines the medical, legal and cultural understandings of same-sex activity and identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It then focuses on the life of service personnel; how they lived, loved and survived within the armed forces. Among other themes, the book examines the importance of homosociability and the mechanics of passing. It explores the experiences of personnel during moments when the veil could be lifted, whether on leave, on stage, away from authority, in foreign climes or simply away from the strictures of familial authority. The book further interrogates how men and women deemed to desire members of the same sex were conceptualised and treated by the armed forces. It uses court-martial records, court transcripts, official papers and personal testimony to map out how those caught out by the system were understood and treated. Finally, the book provides a clearer picture of how self-identified queer personnel and those who engaged in homosex experienced the Second World War when on duty, at play and when experiencing the sharp end of military law.