Ye must all be alike

Catherine Gallagher

  • Writing Women in Jacobean England by Barbara Kiefer Lewalski
    Harvard, 431 pp, £35.95, February 1993, ISBN 0 674 96242 7

The reign of James I has long been considered a period in which patriarchal orthodoxy revived in an especially virulent form to counteract 45 years of female rule. Barbara Kiefer Lewalski quotes King James’s advice to his son to illustrate what she frequently calls the era’s ‘dominant ideology’:

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