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This book explores the ways in which a range of women-as consorts, regents, mistresses, factional power players, attendants at court, or as objects of courtly patronage-wielded power in order to advance individual, familial, and factional agendas in the early sixteenth-century French court. Spring boarding from the burgeoning scholarship of gender, the political, and power in early modern Europe, the book provides a perspective from the French court, from the reigns of Charles VIII to Henri II, a time at which the French court was a glittering centre of culture and which women are understood to have played increasingly important roles. Cross-disciplinary in its perspectives, these essays by historians, art and literary scholars cohesively investigate the dynamic operations of gendered power in political acts, recognised status as queens and regents, ritualised behaviors such as gift-giving, educational coteries, courtly household organisation, and social networking, literary and artistic patronage, female authorship, and epistolary strategies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. In the Orbit of the King
  2. pp. 9-40
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  1. Part I: Conceptualizing and Practicing Female Power
  1. 1. The Political, Symbolic, and Courtly Power of Anne de France and Louise de Savoie
  2. pp. 41-64
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  1. 2. Anne de France and Gift-Giving
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 3. Louise de Savoie
  2. pp. 85-114
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  1. Part II. Centers and Peripheries of Power
  1. 4. Literary Lessons in Queenship and Power
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. 5. Claude de France and the Spaces of Agency of a Marginalized Queen
  2. pp. 139-172
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  1. 6. Portraits of Eleanor of Austria
  2. pp. 173-206
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  1. Part III. The Power of Creative Voices
  1. 7. Family Female Networking in Early Sixteenth-Century France
  2. pp. 207-240
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  1. 8. The Power of Reputation and Skills according to Anne de Graville
  2. pp. 241-262
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  1. 9. Imagination and Influence
  2. pp. 263-286
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  1. 10. Power through Print
  2. pp. 287-306
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  1. Part IV. Economies of Power and Emotions
  1. 11. The Life and After-Life of a Royal Mistress
  2. pp. 307-334
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  1. 12. ‘The King and I’
  2. pp. 335-356
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  1. 13. Catherine de Médicis Tested by the Virtue of Charity (1533–1559)
  2. pp. 357-376
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048533404
Related ISBN
9789462983427
MARC Record
OCLC
1077769879
Pages
486
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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