Margaret of Anjou: The Literary History of an Aberrant Woman Warrior
The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS)
Margaret of Anjou has always had a bad reputation among the warrior women of fact and fiction. Joan of Arc, her peasant contemporary, who was also denounced in her own lifetime, was consecrated by the popular imagination soon after her death and has remained a universal hero and martyr ever since, achieving official sainthood nearly five centuries later. Margaret remained the epitome of unwomanly evil as late as the Romantic period. This paper is an attempt to illustrate and account for her persistent unpopularity, especially in an age of apparent libertarianism.
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