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Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era

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This collection addresses royal motherhood across Europe, from both the medieval and Early Modern periods, including (in)famous and not-so-famous
royal mothers. The essays in this collection reveal the complexities and the
subtleties inherent in the role of royal mothers and challenges these
traditional stereotypes. The volume provides a fresh re-evaluation of these women,
from those who have been given an almost saintly status to those who struggled
against contemporary chronicles and propaganda that perpetuated the stereotypes
associated with ‘bad mothers’– these particular images of saintliness and wickedness
have persisted right into the modern era. This series of intriguing case
studies reveals how royal mothers were perceived by their contemporaries and explores the motivation for the ways in which they are depicted in modern popular
culture.  Taken together with the
companion volume, Royal Mothers and their
Ruling Children, this collection sheds new light on the important and
challenging role of mothers within the framework of monarchy and at the
epicenter of power.


Titel: Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era
Autoren/Herausgeber: Carey Fleiner, Elena Woodacre (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Queenship and Power
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9781349702749

Seitenzahl: 256
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 0 g
Sprache: Englisch

Carey Fleiner is Senior Lecturer in Classical and Medieval History, University of Winchester, UK.Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is a specialist in medieval and Early Modern queenship and a Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, UK. 

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