The Queen, or the Excellency of Her Sex

By John Ford

By Lisa Hopkins

The Queen, or the Excellency of Her Sex
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  • ISBN: 9781526181145
  • Publish Date: Jan 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-8114-5
    • Pages: 240
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: January 2025
    • Series: The Revels Plays


    A scholarly, modern-spelling edition of a play by the Caroline dramatist John Ford, which has not seen much previous critical attention due to being accidentally omitted from the 1652 edition of his complete works. The introduction resituates the play in the Ford canon and explores how it spoke to audiences when it was first composed in the late 1620s, when it tapped into the contemporary fascination with the pathology of melancholy, and also when it was finally published in 1653. By this time the play's main plot about a sovereign who is threatened with execution would have recalled the beheading of Charles I four years earlier. The play can thus be seen as examining both psychology and politics.


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    Lisa Hopkins is Professor Emerita of English at Sheffield Hallam University

    The Queen, or the Excellency of Her Sex

    By Lisa Hopkins

    Hardcover £85.00 / $130.00

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