Boudica's Odyssey in Early Modern England by Dr Samantha Frénée-Hutchins

By Dr Samantha Frénée-Hutchins

This diachronic research of Boudica serves as a sourcebook of references to Boudica within the early smooth interval and provides an summary of the ways that her tale used to be processed and exploited via different gamers of the days who desired to provide credence and help to their very own trust structures. the writer examines the several gear of nation ideology which processed the social, spiritual and political representations of Boudica for public absorption and helped shape the preferred fantasy we now have of Boudica today.

By exploring photos of the Briton warrior queen throughout reigns which witnessed an act of political union and a movement from English lady rule (under Elizabeth I) to British/Scottish masculine rule (under James VI & I) the writer conducts a serious 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 seems at features of alternative basic resources now not coated in earlier scholarship, akin 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). moreover, she accommodates archaeological study when it comes to Boudica.

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