Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Romeo and Juliet, 1.4.53. "Queen Mab"

Romeo and Juliet,
Act 1, Scene 4, line 53,
Queen Mab: Shakespeare might have taken the name from Queen Medb [anglicised as Queen Maev] in Irish folklore whose name is said to mean she who intoxicates, which would be appropriate to a fairy who brings pleasant dreams. The other aspect of intoxication is "mead-woman" which is thought to reflect her role as goddess to sovereignty. In ancient and medieval Ireland, the drinking of mead was a key part of a king's inauguration ceremony and in myth, a supernatural woman representing the sovereignty of the land chooses a king by offering him an alcoholic drink, thus bestowing sovereignty upon him. Medb is strong-willed, ambitious, cunning and promiscuous, and is an archetypal warrior queen, believed to be a manifestation of the sovereignty goddess.

Queen Mab
Queen Maev
by J. C. Leyendecker