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Queenship in Early Modern Europe

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Queenship and Power

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Offering a fascinating survey of European queenship from 1500-1800, with each chapter beginning with a discussion of the archetypal queens of Western, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe, Charles Beem explores the...

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Offering a fascinating survey of European queenship from 1500-1800, with each chapter beginning with a discussion of the archetypal queens of Western, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe, Charles Beem explores the particular nature of the regional forms and functions of queenship – including consorts, queens regnant, dowagers and female regents – while interrogating our understanding of the dynamic operations of queenship as a transnational phenomenon in European history.  Incorporating detailed discussions of gender and material culture, this book encourages both instructors and student readers to engage in meaningful further research on queenship.

This is an excellent overview of an exciting area of historical research and is the perfect companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of History with an interest in queens and queenship.  

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  • Offers an accessible survey of the important research that has taken place on queens and queenship over the last two decades 
  • Written by a leading historical scholar 
  • Acts as a companion to Theresa Earenfight's Queenship in Medieval Europe


1. Introduction to Early Modern Queenship
2. Mary Queen of Scots and British Queenship
3. Anne of Austria and Franco-Iberian Queenship
4. The Empress Maria Theresa and Queenship in the Holy Roman Empire
5. Bona Sforza and Baltic Queenship
6. Catherine II 'The Great' and Russian Queenship. 

This engaging and approachable work provides an excellent introduction to the fascinating queens of early modern Europe and the key themes of queenship with a structure which provides a very useful focus on all of the major Continental regions. – Ellie Woodacre, University of Winchester, UK
Beem’s book, written in lively and accessible prose, is essential reading for scholars of early modern history. He argues convincingly that queens, from the famous Elizabeth I of England to the less familiar Bona Sforza of Poland, are fundamental to understanding monarchical absolutism. – Theresa Earenfight, Seattle University, USA
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Charles Beem is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, USA. He is the author of The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History and, with Carol Levin, is series editor of the 'Queenship and Power' series.

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Charles Beem is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, USA. He is the author of The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History and, with Carol Levin, is series editor of the 'Queenship and Power' series.

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