BBC’s Wolf Hall and Princess Kaiulani

Heart & Country, Career & Family.

Musing as I’m watching another pair of period drama trailers: do I need to write a dissertation on why female rulers must always choose between their “heart” and their country? While their codpiece bedecked brethren are assumed to be in control of both (Ok, ok, so Henry ran into a spot of bother on this one, but if he/she’d just been willing to SETTLE, etc, etc)? Rings familiar to the Career VS Family we’re all supposed to be struggling with. My curiosity is more on the “how much is literary/cultural construct” VS reality.

Wolf Hall (2015)

Source: Madame Guillotine’s Wolf Hall on BBC2

Princess Kaiulani (2010)

Note: I have seen neither of these yet! Will remedy that STAT.