Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins, and Viragoes

  • Elena Woodacre
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


This chapter evaluates a large corpus of films and television series that feature the queens of the early modern period, arguing that these productions effectively categorize these women into five typologies: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins, and Viragoes. Examples are drawn from works across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that demonstrate the five typologies, from the classic films of 1930s Hollywood, such as Katherine Hepburn’s starring role in Mary of Scotland to recent television series from Spain’s RTVE network on Isabel I and her descendants. The chapter ultimately argues that these typologies reflect modern society and gender constructs rather than the realities of early modern queenship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Woodacre
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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