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Fairy Tale Queens: Representations of Early Modern Queenship by J. Carney

By J. Carney

Such a lot of our fairy story capital at the present time comes from the preferred stories of Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, yet this examine encourages readers to discover the brilliant stories of authors from the early smooth period—Giovanni Straparola, Giambattista Basile, Madame Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy, and others—whose works enhance and extend our proposal of the canon. The queen is omnipresent in those stories, as a lot a trademark of the style as its different known features: the quantity 3, magical gadgets, quests, satisfied endings. That queens occupy such area in those early glossy stories isn't a surprise given the profound impact of such a lot of robust queens within the political landscapes of early glossy England and Europe. This publication argues for the historic relevance of fairy stories and explores the dynamic intersection among fictional and real queens.

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On November 28 Mary’s pregnancy was publicly announced during a mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Numerous prayers were read, which focused on the hope of a good succession. Her chaplain, Dr. ”71 Another prayer, wishing that the queen may deliver a “male-child, well-favoured, and witty,” announces several hopes for the unborn heir: “Let him be found faithful as David . . Let him be wise among Kings as the most wise Solomon. ”72 The anaphora makes for a rhetorically stylish prayer, but the enumeration of attributes with which the eventual child will ideally be endowed is also reminiscent of the fairies’ catalogue of blessings at the christening of a fairy-tale child.

Of the many queens who have left historical traces of their own pregnancy wishes, Catherine de Médicis’ fertility crisis was perhaps the most publicly enacted. Catherine de Médicis of Italy became a queen of France— first a consort and then a ruling queen mother—as a result of a politically volatile arranged marriage. Born into the powerful Médicis family of Florence and orphaned at infancy, Catherine was left under the protection of a series of Renaissance popes and cardinals. When Catherine was 12 years old, she was betrothed to the Duke of Orléans, who would later become King Henri II of France.

Calagila what he thought about her Highness’s condition . . He said it might happen any day now, for she had entered the month. ”81 Gomez followed this with a letter on June 1: “The Queen’s deliverance keeps us all greatly exercised in our minds, although our doctors always said that the nine months are not up until 6 June. ”82 When the postponed due date passed and still no child arrived, it became increasingly difficult to believe in the queen’s condition, but doubters were still reprimanded and there was no public acknowledgement of the failed pregnancy.

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