The Monstrous Regiment of Women: Female Rulers in Early Modern Europe

The Monstrous Regiment of Women: Female Rulers in Early Modern Europe

by Sharon L. Jansen
     
 

In The Monstrous Regiment of Women , Sharon Jansen explores the case for and against female rule by examining the arguments made by theorists from Sir John Fortescue (1461) through Bishop Bossuet (1680) interweaving their arguments with references to the most well-known early modern queens. The 'story' of early modern European political history looks very different if…  See more details below

Overview

In The Monstrous Regiment of Women , Sharon Jansen explores the case for and against female rule by examining the arguments made by theorists from Sir John Fortescue (1461) through Bishop Bossuet (1680) interweaving their arguments with references to the most well-known early modern queens. The 'story' of early modern European political history looks very different if, instead of focusing on kings and their sons, we see successive generations of powerful women and the shifting political alliances of the period from a very different, and revealing, perspective.

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'...this counternarrative unveils a shrouded history that is enjoyable, thoughtful, and definitely worth the read. Highly recommended.' - B. Lowe, Choice

'Jansen's book is readable and informative...[it] will stimulate students to investiage further the nature of female rule and encourage historians to incorporate the stories of powerful women in their political narratives.' - Susan Doran, JEMH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230621190
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
Queenship and Power Series
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
985,436
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sharon L. Jansen is Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University.

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