Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens

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Valerie Schutte
Springer, Oct 24, 2017 - History - 280 pages
There were many surprising accessions in the early modern period, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, Anne Stuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely to evaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. By comparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging history offers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows that the need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs had a critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and politics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence of language, to trade and political alliances. It also shows that securing a dynasty relied on more than just political agreements and giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationships between women could and did forge alliances and dynastic continuities.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Part I Securing a Dynasty
8
Chapter 2 A Bastard and a Changeling?Englands Edward of Westminster and Delayed Childbirth
9
Dynastic Competitors or Allies?
35
Part II Preparing an Heir
60
Preaccession Book Dedications to Mary and Elizabeth Tudor
63
Chapter 5 Fit for a King? The Gendered Emotional Performances of Catherine de Medici as Dauphine of France 15361547
84
Anne Stuarts Formative Years
113
Henry III of Frances SelfRepresentation Reputation and Royal Authority
138
Deposing Second Sons of the Stuart Dynasty
159
Second Sons in the French Monarchy of the Seventeenth Century
179
Part IV Unexpected Survival
204
Queen Christina of Sweden and the Unexpected Mobility of Sovereignty
205
The Perpetual Succession Crisis of Elizabeth I
233
Index
271
Copyright

Part III Second Sons
137

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Valerie Schutte earned her PhD in History from the University of Akron. She is author of Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion (2015) and co-editor of The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I (2016). She has published several articles on the Tudors and book dedications.

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