VAULT: [The Crown] S1 E5 Smoke and Mirrors

VAULT: [The Crown] S1 E5 Smoke and Mirrors

In this recap, the Good Doctors talk about the performativity of royalty and how in God’s name Lizzie manages balancing her marriage and politics. Dr. Kristen goes in-depth in explaining the religious history of anointing and rants some more about the men in the show.

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Show Notes:

Here’s the link to the article about how QEII uses her brooches as political tools
And here’s a fascinating Twitter thread about her use of tiaras

*As a side note: God Save the Queen is the same music as My Country Tis of Thee (which would be a much better anthem).

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