The Empress, the Queen, and the Nun: Women and Power at the Court of Philip III of Spain / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Johns Hopkins University Press
In the early seventeenth-century, when Spanish interests often competed with those of the House of Austria, three women in the court of Philip III of SpainEmpress María, Philip's grandmother; Margaret of Austria, Philip's wife; and Margaret of the Cross, Philip's auntworked behind the scenes to win favor for the causes of the Austrian Habsburgs.
In The Empress, the Queen, and the Nun, historian Magdalena Sánchez offers an intriguing examination of the political power wielded by these three women. Sánchez examines the ways that women used religious piety, childbearing, illnesses such as melancholy, and marriage arrangements to sway political decisions. They employed distinct strategies and languages at informal occasions such as meals, masquerade celebrations, and religious ceremonies to influence the political scene. By incorporating women into informal political networks, this work breaks new ground in the study of early modern European politics.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #116|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Magdalena Sánchez is an associate professor of history at Gettysburg College.
What People are Saying About This
With brilliant analysis and careful archival research Magdalena Sánchez breaks new ground and lays to rest the old stereotypes about passive, apolitical, and powerless women.
This study represents a fresh and innovative approach to diplomatic history, as well as women's history. It is an impressive achievement.