"Legitimation, name, and all is gone": Bastardy and Bureaucracy in Shakespeare's King John

@article{Anderson2011LegitimationNA,
  title={"Legitimation, name, and all is gone": Bastardy and Bureaucracy in Shakespeare's King John},
  author={Thomas Anderson},
  journal={Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={4},
  pages={35 - 61}
}
In a play where the central concern is the exercise of legitimate power— power between classes, between individuals, between nations, between the crown and its subjects—the first appearance ofPhilip the Bastard in act one engages nearly all the claimants who vie for legitimacy during the course oíKing John. With his first words, the Bastard identifies himself to the king as "Your faithful subject I, a gentleman" ( 1 . 1 .30). His position as "faithful subject" to the king normalizes his… Expand
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