Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe

The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens

  • Estelle Paranque
  • Nate Probasco
  • Claire Jowitt

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Demonstration of Power

  3. Diplomatic Strategies

  4. Exotic Encounters

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-255

About this book


This collection brings together essays examining the international influence of queens, other female rulers, and their representatives from 1450 through 1700, an era of expanding colonial activity and sea trade. As Europe rose in prominence geopolitically, a number of important women—such as Queen Elizabeth I of England, Catherine de Medici, Caterina Cornaro of Cyprus, and Isabel Clara Eugenia of Austria—exerted influence over foreign affairs. Traditionally male-dominated spheres such as trade, colonization, warfare, and espionage were, sometimes for the first time, under the control of powerful women. This interdisciplinary volume examines how they navigated these activities, and how they are represented in literature. By highlighting the links between female power and foreign affairs, Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe contributes to a fuller understanding of early modern queenship.


Colonization Piracy Trade Queen Elizabeth I Catherine de Medici Gender Studies Female Rulers Queens Women in History Women in Foreign Affairs monarchy studies Thomas Middleton the Armada the Huguenots Mary I of England Caterina Cornaro Isabella Clara Eugenia early modern diplomacy Mary of Guise Anglo-Scottish diplomacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Estelle Paranque
    • 1
  • Nate Probasco
    • 2
  • Claire Jowitt
    • 3
  1. 1.New College of the HumanitiesLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Briar Cliff UniversitySioux CityUSA
  3. 3.University of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57158-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57159-1
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