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Queenship, Gender, and Reputation in the Medieval and Early Modern West, 1060-1600

  • Zita Eva Rohr
  • Lisa Benz


  • Features some of the leading gender historians and scholars on female rule

  • Provides a widely diverse analysis of queenship in modern history

  • Drives queenship studies in new directions and into new areas and methods of research


Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

About this book


This edited collection opens new ways to look at queenship in areas and countries not usually studied and reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary work and geographic range of the field. This book is a forerunner in queenship and re-invents the reputations of the women and some of the men. The contributors answers questions about the nature of queenship, reputation of queens, and gender roles in the medieval and early modern west. The essays question the viability of propaganda, gossip, and rumor that still characterizes some queens in modern histories. The wide geographic range covered by the contributors moves queenship studies beyond France and England to understudied places such as Sweden and Hungary. Even the essays on more familiar countries explores areas not usually studied, such as the role of Edward II’s stepmother, Margaret of France in Gaveston’s downfall. The chapters clearly have a common thread and the editors’ summary and description of the collection is valuable in assisting the reader. The collection is divided into two sections “Biography, Gossip, and History” and “Politics, Ambition, and Scandal.” The editors and contributors, including Zita Eva Rohr and Elena Woodacre, are scholars at the top of their field and several and engage and debate with recent scholarship. This collection will appeal internationally to literary scholars and gender studies scholars as well historians interested in the countries included in the collection. 


queen rumor and propaganda queenship gender reputation Adelaide of Hungary Blanche of Namur Isabeau of Bavaria Leonor of Navarre

Editors and affiliations

  • Zita Eva Rohr
    • 1
  • Lisa Benz
    • 2
  1. 1.SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.SalemUSA

About the editors

Zita Eva Rohr is a Research Associate and Tutor attached to the Department of History at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

Lisa Benz completed her PhD in history at the University of York, UK She is the author of Three Medieval Queens: Queenship and the Crown in Fourteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Queenship, Gender, and Reputation in the Medieval and Early Modern West, 1060-1600
  • Editors Zita Eva Rohr
    Lisa Benz
  • Series Title Queenship and Power
  • Series Abbreviated Title Queenship and Power
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31282-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81006-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31283-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLIV, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social History
    History of Medieval Europe
    History of Early Modern Europe
    Gender Studies
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