Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England

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In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz provide a forum for the underexamined, anomalous reigns of queens in history. These regimes, primarily regarded as interruptions to the “normal” male monarchy, have been examined largely as isolated cases. This interdisciplinary study of queens throughout history examines their connections to one another, their constituents’ perceptions of them, and the fallacies of their historical reputations. The contributors consider ...
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Overview


In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz provide a forum for the underexamined, anomalous reigns of queens in history. These regimes, primarily regarded as interruptions to the “normal” male monarchy, have been examined largely as isolated cases. This interdisciplinary study of queens throughout history examines their connections to one another, their constituents’ perceptions of them, and the fallacies of their historical reputations. The contributors consider historical queens as well as fictional, mythic, and biblical queens and how they were represented in medieval and early modern England. They also give modern readers a glimpse into the early modern worldview, particularly regarding order, hierarchy, rulership, property, biology, and the relationship between the sexes. Considering topics as diverse as how Queen Elizabeth’s unmarried status affected the perception of her as a just and merciful queen to a reevaluation of “good Queen Anne” as more than just an obese, conventional monarch, this volume encourages readers to reexamine previously held assumptions about the role of female monarchs in early modern history.
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Sixteenth Century Journal

"These excellent essays are a joy to read. Together they question assumptions about pre-modern culture and offer new and interesting interpretations of queenship."—Retha Warnicke, Sixteenth Century Journal

— Retha Warnicke

Sixteenth Century Journal - Retha Warnicke

"These excellent essays are a joy to read. Together they question assumptions about pre-modern culture and offer new and interesting interpretations of queenship."—Retha Warnicke, Sixteenth Century Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803229686
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Carole Levin is Willa Cather Professor of History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is the author of Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture and The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power. Robert Bucholz is a professor of history at Loyola University. He is the author of several books, including The Augustan Court: Queen Anne and the Decline of Court Culture, and the coauthor (with N. E. Key) of Early Modern England, 1485–1714: A Narrative History.
 
Contributors: Charles Beem, Robert Bucholz, Sarah Duncan, Timothy G. Elston, Elaine Kruse, Amber Harris Leichner, Carole Levin, Michele Osherow, Anna Riehl, Linda S. Shenk, Marjorie Swann, John Watkins, Michelle A. White, and Richardine Woodall.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction It's Good to Be Queen Robert Buchotz Buchotz, Robert Carole Levin Levin, Carole

1 "Greater by Marriage": The Matrimonial Career of the Empress Matilda Charles Beem Beem, Charles 1

2 Widow Princess or Neglected Queen? Catherine of Aragon Henry VIII and English Public Opinion 1533-1536 Timothy G. Elston Elston, Timothy G. 16

3 "Most godly heart fraight with al mercie": Queens' Mercy during the Reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I Sarah Duncan Duncan, Sarah 31

4 Princess Elizabeth Travels across Her Kingdom: In Life, in Text, and on Stage Carole Levin Levin, Carole 51

5 Marriage a la Mode, 1559: Elisabeth de Valois, Elizabeth I, and the Changing Practice of Dynastic Marriage John Watkins Watkins, John 76

6 Queen Solomon: An International Elizabeth I in 1569 Linda S. Shenk Shenk, Linda S. 98

7 The Virgin and the Widow: The Political Finesse of Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici Elaine Kruse Kruse, Elaine 126

8 Crafting Queens: Early Modern Readings of Esther Michele Osherow Osherow, Michele 141

9 "Shine like an Angel with thy starry crown": Queen Elizabeth the Angelic Anna Riehl Riehl, Anna 158

10 Shakespeare's Queen Cleopatra: An Act of Translation Richardine Woodall Woodall, Richardine 187

11 "She is the man, and Raignes": Popular Representations of Henrietta Maria during the English Civil Wars Michelle A. White White, Michelle A. 205

12 Sex and the Single Queen: The Erotic Lives of Elizabeth Tudor in Seventeenth-century England Marjorie Swann Swann, Marjorie 224

13 The "Stomach of a Queen," or Size Matters: Gender, Body Image, and the Historical Reputation of Queen Anne RobertBucholz Bucholz, Robert 242

14 Two Poems Amber Harris Leichner Leichner, Amber Harris 273

Selected Bibliography 277

Contributors 311

Index 317

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