Abstract

Coins have provided specific and concrete markers of official, legitimate political sovereignty since the time of the Roman Empire. Europe’s female monarchs of the old regime, a group that has not been much studied, used numismatics in effective ways to enhance their official sovereignty. Throughout the entire period, most royal heiresses were married, and despite a persistent and widely circulated literature that preached wifely subservience, their coins (and, later, their medals) suggest their full political autonomy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9169
Print ISSN
0022-1953
Pages
pp. 533-564
Launched on MUSE
2011-02-23
Open Access
No
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