Queenship and Power

The Archaeology and Material Culture of Queenship in Medieval Hungary, 1000–1395

Authors: Mielke, Christopher

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  • Examines the medieval queens of Hungary primarily through their material culture and through the spaces they built, renovated, or restored
  • Showcases common features with the west as well as how the queens had to deal with court structures unique to Hungary
  • Argues that queens used material culture and space to prop up their own position when it was weakened by external circumstances
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This book explores an alternate history of the power and agency of 30 Hungarian queens over 400 years by a rigorous examination of the material culture connected with their lives. By researching the objects, images, and spaces, it demonstrates how these women expressed and displayed their power. Queens used material culture and space not only to demonstrate their own power to a wide, international audience, but also to consolidate their own position when it was weakened by external circumstances. Both the public and private image of the queen factors significantly in understanding in her own role at the strongly centralized Hungarian court, and, moreover, how her position and person strengthened and complemented that of the king. 

About the authors

Christopher Mielke is Executive Director of the Beverly Heritage Center in West Virginia, USA. From 2017–2018, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem. He received his PhD in Medieval Studies from Central European University in 2017.

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“Mielke’s comprehensive examination of the full range of material objects that can be associated with Hungary’s queens from the eleventh through fourteenth centuries demonstrates how the ‘material turn’ in historiography can correct the historical evaluation of these poorly documented royal consorts. By examining both surviving objects and those described in written sources, from their jewelry to crowns, seals, books, donatives to churches, their places of retirement and even their physical remains, he shows women constrained by their roles who nevertheless developed spheres of autonomous action and self-expression.”

— Patrick Geary, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, USA

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Archaeology and Material Culture of Queenship in Medieval Hungary, 1000–1395
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-66511-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-66511-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-66510-4
Series ISSN
2730-938X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 317
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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