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The Gallic Singularity

The Medieval and Early Modern Origins

Tracy Adams

move to the so-called “Salic Law,” which, in prohibiting females from ascending the French throne, resulted in a preference for women, generally the queen-mother, over male relatives as regents for a minor king. The queen regent is one of the clearest

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Of Hype and Type

The Media Making of Queen Victoria 1837–1845

John Plunkett

Princess Victoria acceded to the British throne on 20 June 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday and the attainment of her legal majority. Circumstances contrived to maximise the promise of the new reign. With the end of the seven-year rule of William IV and with the reactionary Duke of Cumberland succeeding to the throne of Hanover – Victoria being debarred by Salic law – her accession ended the long and uninspiring affiliation with the throne by the sons of George III. Young, female, attractive, politically innocent yet with decidedly Whiggish sympathies, the new Queen seemed far removed from the excesses of her aged Hanoverian uncles. Laetitia Landon described it as the advent of a ‘spring-like reign’. Scores of poems, prints and street ballads were produced, all effusively idealising Victoria. The popular magazine Figaro in London claimed that John Bull was so pleased at the idea of being governed by a girl, he would cut off his ears if her little Majesty required them. Victoria basked in the tangible freshness of a revivified royal populism.

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Representations of Women in the French Imaginary

Historicizing the Gallic Singularity

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

women [that] makes peace possible” between the sexes. Arguing for the compatibility between de Pizan's positive representations of women as female regents and the creation of the Salic Law, which barred women from direct royal inheritance in France, she

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Shakespeare and War

Honour at the Stake

Patrick Gray

women inheriting the throne that the French Salic law represents. In any case, it is possible to imagine other, more obviously worthy causes, at least from the perspective of an early modern Christian. In King John , Salisbury grieves to find himself