Peele's play, which probably preceded Marlowe's since the latter seems to have borrowed verbally from it, (2) is episodic, textually garbled as the result of imperfect revision, and inconsistent in its characterization of Queen Elinor: sometimes she appears as a comedic figure, speaking in a tone of unroyal jocosity
as King Edward's "sweete Nell" (line 74) (3)--as his earthy, plain-spoken but adored companion in military campaigns (including a crusade) and even as a vulgar boxer of her husband's ear; at other points she emblematizes hateful Spanish pride, being portrayed as a witch-like foreign princess (Elinor of Castile) who would have the beards of all her male subjects shaved off and the breasts of all women mutilated, and who is given to haughty, egregiously inflated rhetoric.
It had, of course, no truth in it whatsoever, and I more than once confessed publicly that it was only a jocosity
of Giulio's architecture is a manifestation of urbanitas or urbanity, which is always the point of view from which the antithetical rustic world is approached, whether here, in the Medici grotto (another work for a sophisticated court) or in Titian's Pastorale, where a courtly musician enters the world of shepherds and nymphs.
Everywhere in literature, as in life at large, there is reflection, speculation, jocosity
, and insult about the possibly ambiguous cases, such as the masculine woman or the effeminate man.
The seriousness of this `critique' of the General may not be immediately clear -- perhaps, one imagines, his deficiencies are being listed with playful jocosity
in a novel whose intimations of infamy cannot entirely quash a sense of parodic high spirits: on learning that Mr.