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    ‘English Bess’ abroad: piracy, politics, and gender in the plays of Thomas Heywood

    Jones, Susan (2016) ‘English Bess’ abroad: piracy, politics, and gender in the plays of Thomas Heywood. Journal for Maritime Research 18 (2), pp. 81-96. ISSN 2153-3369.

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    This article considers three plays on the theme of piracy written by Thomas Heywood between 1597 and 1631: The fair maid of the west, part I and part II, and Fortune by land and sea (co-authored with William Rowley). Though all of these plays are set during the reign of Elizabeth I, only The fair maid of the west, part I was written during her lifetime, the two later works being written during the reigns of her successors, James I and Charles I. These plays can be read as a vehicle by which the very different attitudes towards piracy, foreign policy, and national expansion demonstrated by the three consecutive monarchs were interrogated, contrasted, and critiqued. Considered separately each of these works offers a snapshot of the popular view of piracy and privateering at the time of writing; read together they give a much broader insight into contemporary attitudes towards the evolution of England as a maritime power.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Piracy, drama, monarchy, gender, Barbary
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 16:42
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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