?Legitimation, Name, and All Is Gone?: Bastardy and Bureaucracy in Shakespeare'sKing John

@article{Anderson2004LegitimationNA,
  title={?Legitimation, Name, and All Is Gone?: Bastardy and Bureaucracy in Shakespeare'sKing John},
  author={Thomas Anderson},
  journal={Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies},
  year={2004},
  volume={4},
  pages={35-61}
}
  • Thomas Anderson
  • Published 2004
  • History
  • Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
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 of Philip the Bastard in act one engages nearly all the claimants who vie for legitimacy during the course of King 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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