A Kingship Paradigm

Fig 1:  A Paradigm for Kingship or Leadership

Abstract for the busy:  this paradigm crystallises or articulates my recent thinking about kingship/leadership as it applies in Shakespeare’s plays and, I increasingly suspect, beyond.  It gained critical mass after teaching Richard III at Key Stage 5 (Age 16-17) in Autumn 2016, where I found myself returning again and again to questions of Legitimacy, Authority and Dynasty, in plotting not just Richard’s journey and motives, but Richmond’s and, in fact, Queen Elizabeth’s. 

Increasingly, I encouraged my students to think and write in these terms when assessing plot, narrative and contextual influence.  The basic premise is that a stable kingship is dependent on the strength of legitimacy, authority and dynasty in the minds of four variable groups – one always being the self-perception of that leader.

If you use this paradigm:  as it is, essentially, all my own work, I’d appreciate a credit to me (Abel Guerrero) and a link to this post to signpost the original.

You can access the main document by clicking the link below.


And I welcome comments / suggestions to refine my ideas.

Author: Boar's Head, Eastcheap

Hyperactive English Teacher and Tutor; Shakespeare-obsessed 'Villainous abominable misleader of youth'; 'old white-bearded Satan'; Friend of the Orangutan

5 thoughts on “A Kingship Paradigm”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: