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Queenship and Power

Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe

Editors: Matheson-Pollock, Helen, Paul, Joanne, Fletcher, Catherine (Eds.)

  • Offers the first study of the relationship between queenship and counsel from a pan-European perspective
  • Examines the strategies that royal women employed to establish influence and give counsel
  • Includes a wide variety of sources and themes, from literary text, material culture and architecture to rhetoric, relationships and performance
  • Appeals to scholars of history, politics and literature in early modern Europe, particularly early modern royalty, courts and diplomacy
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About this book

The discourse of political counsel in early modern Europe depended on the participation of men, as both counsellors and counselled. Women were often thought too irrational or imprudent to give or receive political advice—but they did in unprecedented numbers, as this volume shows. These essays trace the relationship between queenship and counsel through over three hundred years of history. Case studies span Europe, from Sweden and Poland-Lithuania via the Habsburg territories to England and France, and feature queens regnant, consort and regent, including Elizabeth I of England, Catherine Jagiellon of Sweden, Catherine de’ Medici and Anna of Denmark. They draw on a variety of innovative sources to recover evidence of queenly counsel, from treatises and letters to poetry, masques and architecture. For scholars of history, politics and literature in early modern Europe, this book enriches our understanding of royal women as political actors.

About the authors

Helen Matheson-Pollock is Honorary Research Associate at University College London, UK.
Joanne Paul is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex, UK.
Catherine Fletcher is Associate Professor in History and Heritage at Swansea University, UK.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Matheson-Pollock, Helen (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Bona Sforza and the Realpolitik of Queenly Counsel in Sixteenth-Century Poland-Lithuania

    Kosior, Katarzyna

    Pages 15-34

  • Between Kings and Emperors: Catherine of Aragon as Counsellor and Mediator

    Beer, Michelle L.

    Pages 35-58

  • Counselloresses and Court Politics: Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Female Counsel in European Politics, 1509–15

    Matheson-Pollock, Helen

    Pages 59-82

  • Catherine Jagiellon, Queen Consort of Sweden: Counselling Between the Catholic Jagiellons and the Lutheran Vasas

    Niiranen, Susanna

    Pages 83-110

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76974-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76973-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queenship and Counsel in Early Modern Europe
Editors
  • Helen Matheson-Pollock
  • Joanne Paul
  • Catherine Fletcher
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76974-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76974-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76973-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 284
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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