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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Queenship in Medieval Europe

ISBN 9780230276451
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Queenship and Power

In the first comprehensive survey of Medieval queenship, Earenfight reveals how queens and empresses were fundamental to monarchies across Europe from 300 CE to the Renaissance. An engaging introduction to the study of queenship which presents key research and source material, and examines issues of gender, authority and power in Medieval society.

THERESA EARENFIGHT is Professor of History at Seattle University, USA. She is author of The King's Other Body: María of Castile and the Crown of Aragon (2010) and editor of Queenship and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2005).

Introduction: Not Partial, Prejudiced or Arrogant: The Study of Queens and Queenship in Medieval Europe
Themes and Variations: Roman, Barbarian and Christian Societies in the Fashioning of Medieval Queenship, c. 300-700
Legitimizing the King's Wife and Bed Companion, c. 700-1100
'The Link of Conjugal Troth': Queenship as Family Practice, c. 1100-1350
Queenship in a Crisis of Monarchy, c. 1350-1500
The Transformation of Queenship from Medieval to Early Modern Europe
Selected Primary Sources and Further Reading


"The author skilfully employs current research from such fields as history, literary analysis and art history to improve understanding of the subject. Perhaps the most salient fearture of the study is its juxtaposition of specific examples of queens' lives and careers with theories, both modern and medieval, of medieval queenship. The result is a convincing argument that, regardless of where or when, queens' roles centered on family, religion, and culture, but political circumstrances altered cases. Moreover, the bibliography, suggestions for further reading and rsearch, and footnotes are extensive. Recommended." - Choice
"Pleasurable and stimulating to read. The book is very well-researched; the author has mastered the most recent bibliography of what constitutes queenship studies, and constructs a vivid and believable portrayal of its evolution. It has the potential to be adopted in different types of courses – including medieval European history survey classes and history seminars focusing on political power, gender, etc." – Núria Silleras-Fernández, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
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