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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"


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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