Shakespeare’s early scheming women—Joan of Arc, Eleanor Duchess of Gloucester, and Margaret of Anjou—share a set of overlapping traits. They are each driven by their ambition for ever greater power, which distorts their femininity into something unnatural.
Shakespeare’s Plays: A Chronology
First Performed Plays First Printed 1590-91 Henry VI, Part II 1594? 1590-91 Henry VI, Part III 1594? 1591-92 Henry VI, Part I 1623 1592-93 Richard III 1597 1592-93 Comedy of Errors 1623 1593-94 Titus Andronicus 1594 1593-94 Taming of the