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Queenship and Power

Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe

East and West

Authors: Kosior, Katarzyna

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  • Offers the first study to compare early modern Polish and French ceremonies accompanying Jagiellonian and Valois royal weddings, coronations and childbirth
  • Explores the dynamic between the pan-European royal culture, French and Polish political cultures, and the practicalities of staging royal ceremonies
  • Establishes Poland’s place in the tapestry of early modern European monarchy, challenging the central place of western Europe in the historiography
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Queens of Poland are conspicuously absent from the study of European queenship—an absence which, together with early modern Poland’s marginal place in the historiography, results in a picture of European royal culture that can only be lopsided and incomplete. Katarzyna Kosior cuts through persistent stereotypes of an East-West dichotomy and a culturally isolated early modern Poland to offer a groundbreaking comparative study of royal ceremony in Poland and France. The ceremonies of becoming a Jagiellonian or Valois queen, analysed in their larger European context, illuminate the connections that bound together monarchical Europe. These ceremonies are a gateway to a fuller understanding of European royal culture, demonstrating that it is impossible to make claims about European queenship without considering eastern Europe.

About the authors

Katarzyna Kosior is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Northumbria University, UK.

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“This well-researched and venturesome book gives us a new way of thinking about royal women, power, ritual, and religion that should influence our thinking on these topics for a long time. Anyone working in the early modern period—or on women’s history, monarchy, power, rituals, or religion—will need now to consult and consider Kosior’s new model for royal culture.” (Russell E. Martin, Professor of History, Westminster College, USA, author of A Bride for the Tsar)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: East and West

    Pages 1-22

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  • Royal Weddings: Protocol, Identity, and Emotion

    Pages 23-59

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  • Coronation: Consort to Royal Power

    Pages 61-97

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  • Political Culture and the Rhetoric of Queenship

    Pages 99-138

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  • Conception, Childbirth, and Motherhood: Performing a Royal Family

    Pages 139-172

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11847-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe
Book Subtitle
East and West
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11848-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11848-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11847-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 256
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