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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Leading up to the English Civil Wars from 1642- 1651 women’s roles were strictly defined through societal norms, rhetoric through the Bible, and stereotypes during the time. These include being silent, listening to the husband, having soft hearts, and living indoors away from strife that a man could deal with. However, during the Civil Wars various key women rose up to defend their beliefs and push against the strict stereotypes they were facing. Through accounts of key figures such as Henrietta Maria, plays created by women, songs of cross-dressing women and more, we have accounts of these women breaking their stereotypes and putting their own contributions forward for their beliefs. This paper analyzes these accounts and how they directly attack the stereotypes.

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