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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

1 - The Radicalism of Female Rule in Eighteenth-Century Britain


This chapter places the nineteenth-century feminist interest in Victoria in conversation with discourses on queenship of earlier periods. It shows that many Britons were already beginning to equate female sovereignty with robust interpretations of liberty and equality long before Victoria became queen. Although this chapter touches on the Elizabethan period, its primary focus is on the period from 1688 to 1837.