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The rise of female kings in Europe, 1300-1800 /
William Monter.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
xviii, 271 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
030017327X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780300173277 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
030017327X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780300173277 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Early female sovereigns in global perspective -- Europe's female sovereigns, 1300-1800 : an overview -- Difficult beginnings : heiresses with crowned husbands, 1300-1550 -- Female regents promote female rule, 1500-1630 -- Husbands finessed : the era of Elizabeth I, 1550-1700 -- Husbands subordinated : the era of Maria Theresa, 1700-1800 -- Ruling without inheriting : Russian empresses -- Female rule after 1800 : constitutions and popular culture.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-259) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-07-01:
Women have been the officially acknowledged rulers of states occasionally throughout history, but only in late medieval and early modern Europe did the patterns of birth and death among ruling families lead to a significant number of female sovereigns. In this relatively brief and accessibly written book, Monter (emer., Northwestern) examines the 30 women who had sovereign authority over major European states in the era 1300-1800, including well-known figures such as Isabella of Castile, Elizabeth I of England, and Catherine the Great of Russia, and less familiar rulers of Denmark, Sweden, Navarre, and the Hapsburg lands. He sets them within a global context of female rule that began with the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, and traces change over time during the 500 years covered in the book. Quite surprisingly, he finds that "the political autonomy of Europe's royal heiresses increased" during this era, which might explain why the period also saw such a vigorous and sometimes vicious debate about female rule. The analysis makes innovative use of evidence from coins and portraits, and ends with a consideration of the ways these women have been portrayed in recent films. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. M. E. Wiesner University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
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"More women exercised sovereign authority in Europe from the late Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century than at any other point in history. With assured touch and convincingly broad comparisons, William Monter examines how, when and why those women did so, enabling us to understand more clearly than ever before what made for successful female rule in early modern Europe, as well as the dangers it posed."Mark Greengrass, Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg
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In this volume, William Monter sketches Europe's increasingly acceptance of autonomous female rulers between the late Middles Ages and the French Revolution. Monter surveys the governmental records of Europe's 30 women monarchs, describing how each of them achieved sovereign authority, wielded it, and abandoned it.
Main Description
In this lively and pathbreaking book, William Monter sketches Europe's increasing acceptance of autonomous female rulers between the late Middle Ages and the French Revolution. Monter surveys the governmental records of Europe's thirty women monarchsthe famous (Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great) as well as the obscure (Charlotte of Cyprus, Isabel Clara Eugenia of the Netherlands)describing how each of them achieved sovereign authority, wielded it, and (more often than men) abandoned it. Monter argues that Europe's female kings, who ruled by divine right, experienced no significant political opposition despite their gender.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Early Female Sovereigns in Global Perspectivep. 1
Europe's Female Sovereigns, 1300-1800: An Overviewp. 26
Difficult Beginnings: Heiresses with Crowned Husbands, 1300-1550p. 54
Female Regents Promote Female Rule, 1500-1630p. 94
Husbands Finessed: The Era of Elizabeth I, 1550-1700p. 123
Husbands Subordinated: The Era of Maria Theresa, 1700-1800p. 155
Ruling Without Inheriting: Russian Empressesp. 179
Female Rule After 1800: Constitutions and Popular Culturep. 214
Notesp. 227
Bibliographical Essayp. 249
Indexp. 261
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