Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe

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This collection brings a transnational perspective to the study of early modern women rulers and female sovereignty, a topic that has until now been examined through the lens of a single nation. Contributors juxtapose rulers from different countries, including well-known sovereigns such as Isabel of Castile and Elizabeth Tudor, as well as other less widely studied figures Isabeau of Bavaria, Jeanne d'Albret, Isabel Clara Eugenia, Juana of Portugal, and Catherine of Brandenburg. Several essays also focus on the ...

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Overview

This collection brings a transnational perspective to the study of early modern women rulers and female sovereignty, a topic that has until now been examined through the lens of a single nation. Contributors juxtapose rulers from different countries, including well-known sovereigns such as Isabel of Castile and Elizabeth Tudor, as well as other less widely studied figures Isabeau of Bavaria, Jeanne d'Albret, Isabel Clara Eugenia, Juana of Portugal, and Catherine of Brandenburg. Several essays also focus on the representations of foreign rulers such as Catherine de' Medici in England and Elizabeth I in France.

Contributors are Tracy Adams, Anne J. Cruz, Éva Deák, Mary C. Ekman, Catherine L. Howey, Elizabeth Ketner, Carole Levin, Sandra Logan, Magdalena S. Sánchez, Mihoko Suzuki, and Barbara F. Weissberger.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A rich and rewarding collection of essays."--Renaissance Quarterly

"Complex and intriguing portraits of female sovereigns. . . . a de-idealized, yet non-misogynistic picture of female sovereignty in the early modern era."--Feminist Formations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252076169
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne J. Cruz is the chair of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Miami. Mihoko Suzuki is the director of graduate studies in English at the University of Miami.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Anne J. Cruz Mihoko Suzuki 1

Part 1 The Rule of Women: Theories and Constructions

1 Notions of Late Medieval Queenship: Christine de Pizan's Isabeau of Bavaria Tracy Adams 13

2 "Satisfaite de soy en soy mesme": The Politics of Self-Representation in Jeanne d'Albret's Ample déclaration Mary C. Ekman 30

3 Tanto monta: The Catholic Monarchs' Nuptial Fiction and the Power of Isabel I of Castile Barbara F. Weissberger 43

4 Sword and Wimple: Isabel Clara Eugenia and Power Magdalena S. Sánchez 64

5 "Princeps non Principissa": Catherine of Brandenburg, Elected Prince of Transylvania (1629-30) Éva Deák 80

Part II Sovereignty and Representation

6 Juana of Austria: Patron of the Arts and Regent of Spain, 1554-59 Anne J. Cruz 103

7 Elizabeth I as Sister and "Loving Kinswoman" Carole Levin 123

8 Fashioning Monarchy: Women, Dress, and Power at the Court of Elizabeth I, 1558-1603 Catherine L. Howey 142

9 Thrice Royal Queen: Katherine de Valois and the Tudor Monarchy in Henry V and Englands Heroicall Epistles Sandra Logan 157

10 Warning Elizabeth with Catherine de' Medici's Example: Anne Dowriche's French Historie and the Politics of Counsel Mihoko Suzuki 174

11 History, Power, and the Representation of Elizabeth I in La Princesse de Clèves Elizabeth Ketner 194

Selected Bibliography 205

Index 217

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