Queenship and Power

Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era

Editors: Fleiner, Carey, Woodacre, Elena (Eds.)

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This collection addresses royal motherhood across Europe, from both the medieval and Early Modern periods, including (in)famous and not-so-famous royal mothers. The essays in this collection reveal the complexities and the subtleties inherent in the role of royal mothers and challenges these traditional stereotypes. The volume provides a fresh re-evaluation of these women, from those who have been given an almost saintly status to those who struggled against contemporary chronicles and propaganda that perpetuated the stereotypes associated with ‘bad mothers’– these particular images of saintliness and wickedness have persisted right into the modern era. This series of intriguing case studies reveals how royal mothers were perceived by their contemporaries and explores the motivation for the ways in which they are depicted in modern popular culture.  Taken together with the companion volume, Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children, this collection sheds new light on the important and challenging role of mothers within the framework of monarchy and at the epicenter of power.

About the authors

Carey Fleiner is Senior Lecturer in Classical and Medieval History, University of Winchester, UK.
Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is a specialist in medieval and Early Modern queenship and a Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, UK. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fleiner, Carey

    Pages 1-8

  • Empress Theodora: A Holy Mother

    Kotsis, Kriszta

    Pages 11-36

  • “Mother of Heroes, Most Beautiful of Mothers”: Mathilda of Flanders and Royal Motherhood in the Eleventh Century

    Gathagan, Laura L.

    Pages 37-63

  • A Mother and Her Illustrious Offspring: The Role of Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal, in Her Children’s Education (1387–1415)

    Silva, Manuela Santos

    Pages 65-84

  • “Greatest in Her Offspring”: Motherhood and the Empress Matilda

    Beem, Charles

    Pages 85-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era
Editors
  • Carey Fleiner
  • Elena Woodacre
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51315-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51315-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51314-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 256
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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