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The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History available in Paperback
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
Table of Contents
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