Queenship in Medieval Europe

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-12
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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.

Author Biography

THERESA EARENFIGHT is a professor of History at Seattle University. 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).

Table of Contents

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

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