Leadership Types and Gendered Expectations in <span class="hi-italic">3 Henry VI</span>

Leadership Types and Gendered Expectations in 3 Henry VI

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This case allows students to discuss Shakespeare’s portrayal of Margaret of Anjou and her leadership during the English Wars of the Roses in Henry VI: Part 3. Because Margaret’s husband, King Henry VI, is a weak and ineffective leader, Margaret takes control of the government and the army to defend her husband’s throne (and her son’s inheritance). Margaret is a woman during a time when women were considered unable to lead, and an inexperienced leader in a time of crisis. Although Margaret, ultimately, is on the losing side, her experiences provide many valuable lessons about dealing with crises, pivoting quickly as circumstances change, and navigating gender-based assumptions.

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