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Dynastic Change

Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy, 1st Edition

Edited by Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, Jonathan W. Spangler

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344 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy examines the strategies for change and legitimacy in monarchies in the medieval and early modern eras.

Taking a broadly comparative approach, Dynastic Change explores the mechanisms employed as well as theoretical and practical approaches to monarchical legitimisation. The book answers the question of how monarchical families reacted, adjusted or strategised when faced with dynastic crises of various kinds, such as a lack of a male heir or unfitness of a reigning monarch for rule, through the consideration of such themes as the role of royal women, the uses of the arts for representational and propaganda purposes and the impact of religion or popular will. Broad in both chronological and geographical scope, chapters discuss examples from the 9th to the 18th centuries across such places as Morocco, Byzantium, Portugal, Russia and Western Europe, showing readers how cultural, religious and political differences across countries and time periods affected dynastic relations.

Bringing together gender, monarchy and dynasticism, the book highlights parallels across time and place, encouraging a new approach to monarchy studies. It is the perfect collection for students and researchers of medieval and early modern monarchy and gender.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Jonathan Spangler

Part 1: Dynastic Change

1 "The Very Next Blood of the King": Legitimisation and Adaptation of the Law of Female Succession in English History

Lynsey Wood

2 Portugal, 1385: A People’s Choice or Coup d’état?

Isabel de Pina Baleiras

3 From Election to Consolidation: The Strategies of Legitimacy of the Trastámara Dynasty in the Crown of Aragon

Lledó Ruiz Domingo

4 Sigismund of Sweden as Foreigner in his own Kingdom. How the King of Sweden was made an Alien

Cathleen Sarti

5 Free Election, Divine Providence and Constitution. Legitimacy of Royal Power in the Early Modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Jolanta Choińska-Mika and Katarzyna Kuras

6 Legitimacy through Family Traditions? The Hanoverians Represented as Successors to the Throne of Great Britain

Charlotte Backerra

7 "The Reversal of Dynasties" During the Bourbon Era in the Kingdom of Naples

Cinzia Recca

Part 2: Legitimising Royal Authority

8 Purple Dreams of the Macedonian Dynasty of Byzantium in Manuscript Illuminations: Legitimising the Usurping Emperor, Basil I (867-886)

Alexandra Karagianni

9 "King by Fact, Not by Law": Legitimacy and Exequies in Medieval England

Anna Duch

10 The Exaltation of the "Holiness" of the Bragança Dynasty as a Legitimating Strategy in the Seventeenth Century

Paula Almeida Mendes

11 Consolidating Authority in Seventeenth-Century Morocco: Sultan Moulay Ismail’s Strategies for Legitimacy

Fatima Rhorchi

12 Dominae imperiales:Ottonian Women and Dynastic Stability, Strength and Legitimacy in Tenth-Century Germany

Penelope Nash

13 Legitimacy Represented through Court Entertainment: La estatua de Prometeo and the Power Struggle Between Queen Regent Mariana and Don Juan José of Austria

Caitlin Brady Carter

14 Catherine the Great: How the Question of Legitimacy Influenced her Politics

Elena Teibenbacher

About the Editors

Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues is a specialist in Medieval Queenship. She has recently edited, with M. Santos Silva and A. Leal de Faria, four volumes on the marriages of the Portuguese Royal House (Casamentos da Família Real Portuguesa, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2017-2018). She is Associate Professor at the University of Lisbon.

Manuela Santos Silva is Adjunct-Professor at the University of Lisbon and specialist in Western Medieval Monarchy and Gender. She has recently edited, with Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues and A. Leal de Faria, four volumes on the marriages of the Portuguese Royal House and before that, with Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues and? Isabel dos Guimarães Sá,18 volumes on the Queens of Portugal.

Jonathan W. Spangler is a specialist in the history of monarchy, particularly of France. His previous monographs include The Society of Princes (2009), and he is currently completing a survey of the lives of second sons in the French monarchy. He is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Senior Editor of The Court Historian.

About the Series

Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History

This is a brand new series which straddles both medieval and early modern worlds, encouraging readers to examine historical change over time as well as promoting understanding of the historical continuity between events in the past, and to challenge perceptions of periodisation. It aims to meet the demand for conceptual or thematic topics which cross a relatively wide chronological span (any period between c. 500-1750), including a broad geographical scope. For more information about the series and the proposal process, please contact the series editor at Natasha.Hodgson@ntu.ac.uk

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