After over a month of voting and debate, after five rounds of combat, our initial 32 competitors have left only one standing:
Queen Margaret, the she-wolf of France, the tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide, reigns supreme over all Shakespearean combatants.
In a stunningly close final match, Margaret and Henry went blow-for-blow all weekend. For a while it looked as though Henry just might pull victory out of his back pocket, but Margaret got a powerful second wind yesterday. In the end, she won over Henry 27-23, demonstrating the tenacity and ruthlessness that sees her through four plays and decades of war. Margaret demonstrated no mercy throughout the tournament, mowing down Hermia, garroting Goneril, outwitting Iago, and enacting sweet revenge on "that valiant crookback prodigy," Richard III. The readers have spoken, and you think Margaret is the toughest, roughest dame in the house.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the polls and discussions during the past month! This tournament has been so enjoyable to operate, and I hope you've all had as much of a good time as I have. I think next year I'll start taking nominations for the brackets in February to see if you'd like some new blood in the mix.