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The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History
     

The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History

by C. Beem
 

ISBN-10: 0230606342

ISBN-13: 9780230606340

Pub. Date: 07/20/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

How were English ruling queens able to assert and maintain their authority over male dominant, patriarchal political cultures? This study combines the methodologies of gender studies and political and constitutional history to provide a sweeping historical explanation for how these women pulled off such a feat. While ruling queens occupied the office of king, they

Overview

How were English ruling queens able to assert and maintain their authority over male dominant, patriarchal political cultures? This study combines the methodologies of gender studies and political and constitutional history to provide a sweeping historical explanation for how these women pulled off such a feat. While ruling queens occupied the office of king, they still had to conform to contemporary expectations of womanhood that served as social and political roadblocks to the full exercise of regal power. Charles Beem has identified a specific yet panoramic set of problems facing female rulers throughout British history, from the twelfth century empress Matilda's imaginative efforts to become England's first regnant queen, to Queen Victoria's remarkable exercise of political power during the Bedchamber Crisis of 1839.

About the Author:
Charles Beem is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230606340
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/20/2008
Series:
Queenship and Power Series
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
The Lioness Roared: Introduction     1
Making a Name for Herself: The Empress Matilda and the Construction of Female Lordship in Twelfth-Century England     25
Her Kingdom's Wife: Mary I and the Gendering of Regal Power     63
"I Am Her Majesty's Subject": Queen Anne, Prince George of Denmark, and the Transformation of the English Male Consort     101
"What Power Have I Left?" Queen Victoria's Bedchamber Crisis Revisited     141
Conclusion: Does the Lioness Still Roar?     173
Notes     181
Bibliography     245
Index     265

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