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The body" almost inevitably signifies "the male body" in these Renaissance depictions, and, as Sorsby points out, the references to the woman's physical qualities often transmogrify into denigrations of women's social identity, especially in d'Aubigne.
They have responded with all guns blazing, characterizing her as one who has engaged in malicious personal denigrations to attain high public office, including her current one.