344 pages | 13 B/W Illus.
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.
Part 1: Dynastic Change
1 "The Very Next Blood of the King": Legitimisation and Adaptation of the Law of Female Succession in English History
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
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
7 "The Reversal of Dynasties" During the Bourbon Era in the Kingdom of Naples
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)
9 "King by Fact, Not by Law": Legitimacy and Exequies in Medieval England
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
12 Dominae imperiales:Ottonian Women and Dynastic Stability, Strength and Legitimacy in Tenth-Century Germany
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
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