Introduction: Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy

Wilkinson, Louise and Wolfson, Sara J. (2021) Introduction: Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy. Women's History Review . pp. 1-10. ISSN 0961-2025

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2020.1827729

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Abstract

Queens, be they consorts, dowagers or regents, often played pivotal roles in the lives of medieval and early modern kingdoms. As women who often married across geographical, political and, sometimes, religious borders, they were ideally placed to serve as diplomats and ambassadors, whether directly as agents or indirectly as transmitters of cultural practices, values and ideas. This introduction celebrates the position which queens occupied at the heart of international and transnational affairs in the premodern era. It argues that queens were figures who enjoyed
meaningful public authority. Their ceremonial actions were imbued with significance, and their deliberate and considered interventions in court politics, and in the wider affairs of their marital and natal families’ kingdoms placed them on the international stage and at the heart of European monarchy. This introduction also offers an overview of the articles within this special issue and their contribution to recent historiographical debates on queenship and the nature of pre-modern diplomacy.

Keywords:Medieval queenship, Early Modern queenship, monarchy, Early Modern diplomacy, Court culture, Ceremony, Medieval politics
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:15 Dec 2020 11:23

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