Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe examines queens dowager and queens consort who have disappeared from history or have been deeply misunderstood in modern historical treatment.
Divided into eleven chapters, this book covers queenship from 1016 to 1800, demonstrating the influence of queens in different aspects of monarchy over eight centuries and furthering our knowledge of the roles and challenges that they faced. It also promotes a deeper understanding of the methods of power and patronage for women who were not queens, many of which have since become mythologized into what historians have wanted them to be. The chronological organisation of the book, meanwhile, allows the reader to see more clearly how these forgotten queens are related by the power, agency, and patronage they displayed, despite the mythologization to which they have all been subjected.
Offering a broad geographical coverage and providing a comparison of queenship across a range of disciplines, such as religious history, art history, and literature, Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe is ideal for students and scholars of pre-modern queenship and of medieval and early modern history courses more generally.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'What does it mean to be a "forgotten" medieval or early modern queen? Combining historical, literary, and material culture scholarship, these essays offer a counterargument to the long-held assumption that just because contemporary and modern sources do not explicitly discuss a queen, that means she did nothing. These "forgotten" queens commissioned influential portraits, acted behind the scenes in religious, political, and diplomatic conflicts, and were visible patrons of arts and literature, and this collection particularly shines in its disciplinary scope, illustrating the myriad ways in which queens could exercise power.'
Kavita Mudan Finn, Simmons College, USA