Queenship and Power

Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe

Potential Kings and Queens

Editors: Schutte, Valerie (Ed.)

  • Contributes to the study of dynasty in early modern Europe by highlighting the key role of the heir in the political and cultural history of Europe
  • Demonstrates the significance of heirs as agents of change in early modern Europe through patronage, education, marriage, and religion
  • Presents a unique focus on the training of possible heirs, especially on humanist educations and the preparation of daughters to be mothers and wives
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About this book

There were many surprising accessions in the early modern period, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, Anne Stuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely to evaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. By comparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging history offers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows that the need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs had a critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and politics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence of language, to trade and political alliances. It also shows that securing a dynasty relied on more than just political agreements and giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationships between women could and did forge alliances and dynastic continuities.

About the authors

Valerie Schutte earned her PhD in History from the University of Akron. She is author of Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion (2015) and co-editor of The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I (2016). She has published several articles on the Tudors and book dedications.

Reviews

“Unexpected Heirs illustrates a key issue in monarchy—that the designated or expected heir frequently did not end up occupying the throne. Untimely deaths or political upheaval could create circumstances which brought these unexpected heirs to the fore. This collection is a wonderful addition to the field of royal studies with an excellent mix of papers which consider the cases of younger sons, regnant queens and the struggle of some consorts to produce the heirs required.” (Elena Woodacre, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Winchester, UK)

“We tend to buy the line that monarchies have smooth successions, until we think about it. This innovative set of essays offers a fresh perspective on monarchies and royal succession issues.” (Katherine Crawford, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History, Vanderbilt University, USA)

Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: July 11, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55294-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: July 11, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55293-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe
Book Subtitle
Potential Kings and Queens
Editors
  • Valerie Schutte
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55294-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55294-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55293-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 326
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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