The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe

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University of Illinois Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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 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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Contents

Christine de Pizans
13
The Politics
30
The Catholic Monarchs Nuptial Fiction and
43
Isabel Clara Eugenia and Power
64
Catherine of Brandenburg Elected
80
Patron of the Arts and Regent of Spain
103
Elizabeth I as Sister and Loving Kinswoman
123
Women Dress and Power
142
Katherine de Valois and the Tudor
157
History Power and the Representation of Elizabeth I
194
Selected Bibliography
205
Index
217
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About the author (2009)

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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